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USDA Extends Deadlines, Defers Interest Accrual Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will authorize Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to extend deadlines for premium and administrative fee payments, defer the resulting interest accrual and allow other

The Economic Perspective: “Could Home Prices in Cities Fall?”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if home prices in cities could fall.  Mike, ever since the Great Recession a decade ago, owners have worried about the prices of

Trump Signs Great American Outdoor Act

President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act on Tuesday saying the legislation “builds on my administration’s unwavering commitment to conserving, and the grandeur, the splendor, of God’s creation.” The bill establishes a National Park and Public Lands Restoration

White House Drug Czar on Rural Substance Abuse During Pandemic

The White House is helping rural America address substance abuse and addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Micheal Clements talks with a Trump administration official to learn more about the work they are doing to support rural communities. Thanks to the

A Young Man Outstanding in His Field

A young Maryland dairy farmer is carrying on a family tradition of excellence. Rod Bain talks with the latest recipient of an annual recognition and learns of his efforts to advance and promote agriculture.  

The Economic Perspective: “PPP Progress and Problems”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at PPP progress and problems.  Mike, the Payroll Protection Plan has been the federal government’s premier program to help save businesses and their workers

USDA Announces Water and Wastewater Funding

USDA has announced $462 million in funding to modernize drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural America. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand says the upgrades “will improve public health and drive economic development.” USDA is funding

Onions Recalled Due of Salmonella Link

Onion producer Thomson International Inc. is recalling all of its onions from all 50 states because of its link to a Salmonella Newport outbreak. The outbreak has sickened more than 500 people in the United States and Canada, and the

Isaias Bringing Rain, but Not Necessarily Where Needed

Climatalogist Corey Davis tells us what to expect from Tropic Storm Isaias.

NC Commissioner Steve Troxler: Seeds from China

We have been getting many reports of unsolicited packs of seeds from China being sent to residents as part of what is likely a “brushing” scheme. We are asking that residents keep all the packaging, not open or plant the