Saturday, January 28, 2023


A critical number of rural IA nursing homes close; TX lawmakers consider measures to restrict, and expand voting in 2023 Session; and CT groups, and unions call for public-health reforms.


Attorney General announces enforcement actions on ransomware, Democrats discuss border policies, and the FDA is relaxing rules for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.


"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Inflation Reduction Act Seen as 'Win' for PA Family Farms


Thursday, August 18, 2022   

President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law Tuesday, which conservation groups see as a major victory in the battle against climate change.

One organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay is happy about the new law, which channels billions of dollars into clean-energy development.

Bill Chain - agricultural program manager and interim director with The Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania - said the Inflation Reduction Act also allocates $20 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which he said means more funding for improving farming practices in the commonwealth.

"Much of that funding will come in the way of conservation dollars," said Chain. "That simply means opportunities for family farmers here in Pennsylvania to do what they want to do to improve the farm, and to leave a lasting legacy on the farmland by increasing the amount of conservation practices that they are able to employ."

Chain added that he sees this funding as a match to what Pennsylvania just did by passing its own Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program. Together, they'll give farmers more financial and technical support to minimize farm waste runoff into local streams and waterways.

Farm conservation practices include planting trees along stream banks, rotating crops in the fields where livestock graze, and fencing livestock out of streams.

Chain said these are cost-effective conservation methods that also improve a farmer's bottom line, help cut costs and make their farms more environmentally friendly.

"When farmers manage the soils with regenerative practices using cover crops, they build up nutrients in the soil," said Chain. "They actually need less commercial fertilizers over time, because they're essentially managing the soil to produce its own nutrients - increasing organic matter, increasing water-holding capacity."

Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have fewer than four years to adopt the practices that will help achieve the pollution reduction levels set out in the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. It says about 90% of the remaining pollution reductions need to come from agriculture.

Disclosure: Chesapeake Bay Foundation contributes to our fund for reporting on Energy Policy, Rural/Farming, Sustainable Agriculture, Water. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.

get more stories like this via email
New data show in California, 2021-22 state testing scores are even lower than the state's historically low testing scores. (Rawpixel/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Many of California's 13.5 million children and teens have not bounced back after the pandemic, especially children of color, according to the just-…

Social Issues

Americans continue to report low trust in mainstream media, with many younger than 30 saying they trust information from social media nearly as much …

Social Issues

A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Thursday about the governor's proposed spending plan for education. As these talks unfold, public polling …

From February 2020 to November 2021, the number of workers in nursing homes and other care facilities dropped by 410,000 nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Health-care professionals say low pay and a worker shortage have led a dramatic number of nursing homes in rural Iowa to close their doors. They hope …

Health and Wellness

Health-care professionals and advocates in Connecticut have said it will take sweeping reforms to bolster the state's flailing public health system…

In a national survey, Michigan was ranked 27th among the 50 states for its cost, access and quality of long-term care supports and services. California was ranked first. (Flickr)

Social Issues

In her fifth State of the State address this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer emphasized policies designed to put more money in Michiganders' pockets…

Social Issues

By nearly every measure, voter fraud in U.S. elections is rare, but that isn't stopping the Texas Legislature from considering dozens of bills this …

Social Issues

A Republican-sponsored bill in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to circulate petitions at or near polling places during elections…


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