By Ariana Figueroa, Kansas Reflector WASHINGTON — Late Thursday a federal judge in Texas struck down the Biden administration’s student debt relief plan, ruling that the program is unlawful, in a blow to 16 million student debt borrowers already approved for relief. The U.S. Department of... Read More.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures along and east of a line from eastern New Mexico to Minnesota, while cooler-than-normal conditions will cover an area stretching from the Pacific Coast to the northern Plains. Meanwhile, near-... Read More.
Drought conditions persist across the majority of the Midwest, but a meteorologist says there’s more rain in the forecast for central areas. Melissa Mainhart with the National Weather Service based in St. Louis says parts of Missouri and Illinois will get more rain... Read More.
The ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee wants an accounting of USDA COVID relief spending. Arkansas Republican John Boozman is requesting a report detailing how $11 billion included in last year’s appropriations bill was spent and the rationale explaining how the use of those... Read More.
Wisconsin’s Governor is sending another 10 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan to hunger relief efforts. Tony Evers announced Thursday the dollars would be split evenly between Feeding Wisconsin and Hunger Task Force. Since May 2020, the Governor has allocated a total of... Read More.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced financial assistance to help qualified farmers who are struggling to make payments on their USDA loans keep farming. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says work has already started to bring relief to more than 13,000 farmers. “The first... Read More.
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced into the U.S. Senate that would expedite producers’ access to federal disaster relief programs. The Emergency Conservation Program Improvement Act, sponsored by Republican Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), would provide producers who are impacted by... Read More.
The USDA is making $20 million available to help farmers in three states rebuild grain storage facilities that were devastated by natural disasters. Steve Dick, State Executive Director of South Dakota’s Farm Service Agency, says derechos swept through his state and Minnesota earlier this... Read More.
UNDATED (KNS/KCUR) - The White House has released data showing the Biden Administration’s student debt relief plan will benefit borrowers across the country, including nearly 600,000 borrowers in Kansas. A... Read More.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman says regulatory relief is needed to address inflation and supply chain challenges in agriculture. “We have to do things here in Washington to get the economy back on track in a healthy way, meaning keeping inflation low but having the... Read More.
An American Soybean Association director says farmers are relieved a railroad strike was averted with harvest just getting underway. Josh Gackle of North Dakota tells Brownfield a rail strike would have negatively impacted the agricultural supply chain. “It’s never a good time for a... Read More.