skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

At least 23 dead in tornado-spawning storms sweeping central US, new report finds OR workforce grows, but gaps should be addressed; AM radio in every car? The debate hits Missouri; Proposal would make MI State Capitol a 'gun-free zone.'

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

President Biden delivers a Memorial Day address, former president Trump's hush money trial is poised for jury deliberations, and the Justice Department warns of threats to election officials.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

Planting the Seeds for Young Farmers

play audio
Play

Friday, October 28, 2011   

A bill introduced in Congress could help the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

The Center for Rural Affairs is backing the measure, which is co-sponsored by Reps. Tim Walz, D-Minn., and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb. Traci Bruckner, the center’s assistant director of rural policy, says the legislation places a high priority on helping young people get into agriculture.

"This bill, I think, overall costs roughly around $400 million. It's not really creating new programs. It’s a way of finding how to make the existing programs work so they better serve beginning farmers, by giving them priorities, and making beginning farmers priorities, giving them extra points, giving them higher cost share rates, and those type of things."

As the average age of farmers continues to creep up, Bruckner says, it's critical to get more young people interested in working the land. She says the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act has several key elements.

"Also as part of this, it would reauthorize the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which provides training and mentoring and land-leasing services to help get that next generation started."

Introduction of this package in the House and Senate, Bruckner says, is a crucial step in focusing more of the public investment in the 2012 farm bill on the next generation of farmers and ranchers.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The National Association of Broadcasters says more than 82 million individuals tune in to AM radio. (kittyfly/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The "AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act" now in Congress would mandate all new cars in the U.S. be equipped with AM radios, which is stirring a debate in …


Social Issues

play sound

Food insecurity is up in Nebraska and most parts of the country, according to the nonprofit Feeding America but the U.S. House Agriculture …

Social Issues

play sound

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has vetoed several bills intended to do more to address the rights of renters in the Commonwealth. Along with …


Episode One of the documentary "Take Me Out Feet First" follows the story of Miriam and Robert Meshel as they chose to use California's End of Life Option Act to access medical aid in dying. (Serene Meshel-Dillman)

Health and Wellness

play sound

A new documentary series looks at medical aid in dying through the eyes of terminally ill people advocating for a peaceful passing on their own terms…

play sound

A North Carolina university wants to break the mold for people studying the arts. A new degree program will not require students to narrow their …

Social Issues

play sound

If two Michigan lawmakers have their way, there will be fewer locations in the state where people are allowed to carry firearms. State Sen…

Social Issues

play sound

May is Older Americans Month, a time to recognize Mississippians over 50 and their contributions, and reaffirm commitments to serving older adults in …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021