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More transmission is needed to link consumers

The electric grid in the U.S. was created to provide reliable electricity to consumers. Typically, this meant that most U.S. consumers relied on the grid to carry power from centrally-located fossil fuel plants to provide for their electricity needs.

Paycheck Protection Program — A lifeline for rural business

The bread and butter of rural communities are small businesses and the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting challenges that are out of their control.

There’s one tool that may be able to help—the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was signed into law on March 27 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Small businesses with up to 500 employees, including sole proprietorships, who were in operation on Feb. 15 and negatively affected by COVID-19 may apply for the forgivable loans.

South Dakota cousins improve pasture management with CSP

For Charlie and Aaron Johnson, family farming takes on a very literal meaning.

The cousins work together alongside Charlie’s brothers, Allan and Kevin, and Charlie’s son, Jordan, to operate a combined nearly 3,000 acres in Madison, South Dakota.

The Johnsons’ operation includes four major crops—corn, oats, soybeans, and alfalfa hay—in a six-year rotation. 

Protect meatpacking plant workers and our food supply

Meatpacking plants across the country have become COVID-19 hotspots, and the struggles faced by the people working inside are apparent and alarming.

Our friends and neighbors are being asked to risk their health, safety, and lives without vital protections on the job which, in turn, is endangering our food supply and our entire communities. People working in meat and poultry plants continue to be asked to work shoulder to shoulder without critical protections and they are getting sicker and sicker as a result.

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