In today’s Ag News Roundup, USDA to invest $121 million in rural America, researchers working on new cancer treatment for dogs, maggots do break down compost piles, experts trying to do more for aging farmers and ranchers, and how the pandemic is still affecting ag transportation.
USDA to Invest $121 Million in Rural America
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to invest $121 million in rural America critical infrastructure to help combat climate change.
Grant to Aid Research into Cancer Treatment for Dogs
Researchers at the OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help develop antibody treatment for dogs with cancer. It’s hoped the research team can develop a more targeted and effective option.
Maggots Help Break Down Compost
While maggots might seem bad for any compost pile, the experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service say maggots don’t hurt the compost and help break down plant and animal tissue.
Aging Farmers at Greater Risk for Self-Harm
From the Daily Yonder, one-third of all farmers and ranchers are over 65 but represent nearly half of all who die from self-inflicted methods. Researchers and mental health experts want to do something to help those in need.
The Pandemic is Still Affecting Ag Shipping
The lingering effects of the pandemic can still be felt due to limitations and bottlenecks in transportation and shipping. That includes a lack of delivery drivers and other transportation workers.