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USDA to support Hispanic Serving Institutions

“These fellowships provide an opportunity to strengthen USDA’s relationship with Hispanic-Serving Institutions while empowering them to leverage the wide-ranging resources and programs available in partnership with USDA and our federal counterparts,” said OPPE Acting Director Mike Beatty.
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Anchorage Assembly resolution on National Brain Injury Awareness month

While AgrAbility is new in Alaska and thus was not highlighted prominently, the Anchorage Assembly put forth on March 5 a resolution to recognize March as National Brain Injury Awareness month. The resolution highlighted "having access to clean and healthy foods". To read it, click here.

Submitted by DeShana York, PI, Alaska AgrAbility Project

Under the Radar - Tahquamenon State Park Action Track Chair

Tom Dalton, host of Under the Radar Michigan on PBS TV, visited one of Michigan's Upper Peninsula highlights - Tahquamenon State Park - to check out the Action Track Chair. Theresa Neal, a Michigan DNR ranger, indicated that five Michigan state parks recently procured these tracked wheel chairs to assist individuals who may need them to enjoy the beauty of Michigan State Parks.

Submitted by Deb Chester, Michigan AgrAbility Project

A not so fun topic...

"Over the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to interview women who farm that share one thing in common…they are widows."
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Grain dust explosions up, injuries decline

"An increase in grain dust explosions were reported nationally at grain handling, feed manufacturing and biofuel facilities in 2018; however, resulting injuries and fatalities were down from the previous year"
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Farmers reminded about dangers of grain bins

"Working in grain bins can be deadly, so insurers want to remind farmers of the dangers. Nationwide insurance is helping sponsor a campaign to educate farmers about safety procedures they can use when working in grain bins."
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IRS waives estimated tax penalty for farmers

"IRS will waive estimated tax penalty for farmers, fishermen who file , pay tax by April 15"
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Teddy Gentry: Music legend & cattle breeder

Teddy Gentry, bass player for the county music group Alabama, and Headliner at the American Small Farm Conference on March 19 and 20,developed the South Poll breed in 1989 when he got the idea to genetically combine the best traits of their maternal Bos Taurus breeds to form a more heat tolerant animal that would work for his cattle operation.
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Houston, we're here to help the farmers

"Farmers irrigating their crops may soon be getting some help from space. In 2018, scientists launched ECOSTRESS, a new instrument now attached to the International Space Station. Its mission: to gather data on how plants use water across the world."
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The prospects of American strawberries

"The United States produces more than 3 billion pounds of strawberries each year, providing almost 20% of the world crop, and is a global leader in production per unit area."
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General Mills to advance regenerative agriculture

"General Mills is granting $650,000 to non-profit organization Kiss the Ground to support farmer training and coaching through Soil Health Academies where growers will learn how to increase farm profitability, build resiliency into the land and decrease input costs using soil health practices."
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One-armed Little Leaguer blasts inside-the-park home run

"Pete Gray made sports history when he became the first player with one arm to compete in a major league baseball game in 1945. Tommy Morrissey, an 8-year-old from Florida who was born missing most of his right arm, did something Gray never did -- he hit a home run during a game."