Along with providing food to struggling low-income families, USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has increasingly focused on developing new ways to help SNAP beneficiaries graduate from SNAP by finding stable jobs.
California is working to combine state incentives with research and market development programs to reduce climate-changing methane emissions quickly and cost-effectively, aiming to avoid the need for government mandates.
Voters in 37 states on Nov. 6 will decide 166 ballot questions on issues that could impact agriculture and rural communities significantly, including animal confinement regulations, fuel taxes and climate change. And there could be even more such proposals in 2020.
USDA’s Innovation Center is making it easier for rural America to qualify for funding from the Office of Rural Development’s $222 billion loan portfolio and $36.6 billion in fiscal 2018 appropriated funds. It’s all part of an administration push to create more rural jobs and boost economic growth.
Traditional petroleum-based plastics that can survive for centuries are piling ever deeper across once pristine beaches and ocean floors around the world. According to a report from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “the ocean is expected to contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).”