The Department of Agriculture is trying to help rural communities reduce energy bills and impacts to climate by investing $464 million to enhance renewable energy infrastructure, officials said Thursday.
The House Agriculture Committee unanimously advanced a bipartisan bill Wednesday authorizing $43 billion to expand rural broadband service nationwide by dramatically increasing USDA's expiring loan and grant program.
House Democrats hold a fragile majority in Congress, and and party moderates, many in rural districts, say they hold the key to keeping that majority in 2022 because of their connection with Republican voters.
President Joe Biden’s top COVID-19 advisers tell Agri-Pulse they believe that hesitancy to take the COVID-19 vaccine will fade over time as rural Americans learn about it from doctors and other people and see so many other people being vaccinated safely.
Rural America has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and sheriffs say drug intervention centers can be the solution to lower overdose deaths that are consuming people of all ages and demographic groups.