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Recent posts by Trenton Buhr

Patience, persistence pays off for Pender Public Schools

Pender Public Schools has almost the same number of students and uses the same buildings it did nearly 20 years ago.

In that time frame, outside factors ranging from a major recession to skyrocketing land values have complicated their operations. None of this has stopped Pender from running an excellent school system.

COVID-19 pandemic displays importance of Medicaid expansion

Major crises often expose the weaknesses that have been in our system for a long time. 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began putting substantial stress on the health care system, it was already under pressure. Hospitals and other medical facilities across the country have faced budget shortfalls, and the costs of health insurance and health care have been increasing significantly for years. This leaves uninsured individuals who cannot afford medical care out of pocket waiting until pain is unbearable before heading to the emergency room.

Grant funding available for producers looking to diversify their operations 

Agricultural producers interested in diversifying and taking on a new element to their operation are encouraged to apply for a Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

USDA Rural Development has $37 million in grant funding available for this program in 2020. Individuals and groups of producers can apply for grants up to $75,000 for planning, and $250,000 for implementation and working capital.