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Lame Duck: Inaction on Farm Bill Will Halt Innovation

Congress has plenty of unfinished business to tackle during the lame-duck session. Will the Farm Bill be one of them?

Here’s what is at stake if they fail to act during the lame-duck session. Funding for conservation and several important rural programs is in jeopardy, programs that help create a future for beginning farmers and ranchers and rural communities alike.

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program will stop making grants to provide training, mentoring, business and marketing planning, and much more for beginning farmers and ranchers.

A Savory Small Business Just Down the Street

When I first started at the Center for Rural Affairs, I made sure to bring my lunch from home. I figured there wouldn’t be a lot of options in Lyons. So it was a pleasant surprise to find Soup-N-More, a natural foods grocery, just down the street.

As the name suggests, it all began with soup. A few years ago Rebecka Fleischman wanted to do something with her thanksgiving leftovers. So she started dehydrating her own vegetables, throwing in some spices and giving away these ready-made soup mixes to family and friends.

Corporate Farming Notes

According to Chris Willis, KXAN Lead Investigative Reporter in Austin, Texas, some of Texas’ wealthiest corporations save tens of thousands of dollars in property taxes under a provision of the Texas constitution that allows for reduced valuations of land used for farming and ranching.

Pumpkin Party for a Better Food Future

Santee pumpkin decorating Pumpkins got a spotlight one night earlier than usual this year in Santee, Nebraska. On October 30, members of the Santee Sioux Nation and others in the community gathered for an event that celebrated pumpkins to promote growing, cooking, and eating fresh, healthy foods.

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