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New SCC Fund to Lend a Helping Hand

Southeastern Community College has been a fixture in southeast Iowa for 100 years. The school is starting its second century with a program designed to help students stay in college.

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West Burlington, IA – The proposal to revive the Grow Iowa Values Fund has been referred to a House committee for more work. This is the fourth time it's been sent to committee, and the full House has yet to take a vote on it. During a stop in West Burlington, Iowa Economic Development Director Mike Blouin said the program is needed. Blouin said before the previous program was ruled unconstitutional by the Iowa Supreme Court, it led to the creation or expansion of more than 200 companies and generated more than $2.5 billion in capital investment.

Macomb, IL – Macomb hopes to wheel and deal with a new riverboat casino on the Lamoine River. blah blah blah Happy April Fool's Day!

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Farmers might make less money this year due to less assistance from the government and increased production costs. 

Farm income is estimated to be $112 billion in 2021 — $9 billion less than last year. 

In 2020, farmers and ranchers made a total of $121 billion, the highest amount since 2013. Government subsidies account for $46 billion, according to a report from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri. 

Some states are saying they won’t use Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine to immunize vulnerable, harder-to-reach populations, including agriculture workers, over concerns about equity and perceptions of how well it protects against COVID-19. 

Plenty of younger people are eager to build careers in farming, but more land up for grabs won’t necessarily make it easier to get started. Access to land and capital are two of the biggest hurdles facing first-generation farmers today, and some say they face an extra barrier to both — student loan debt.

It’s a cold February afternoon, and Alvin Lee’s cows are hungry. He says he has to put three or four bales of hay out every other day, and he only has about 10 left. 

New hay is expensive -- about $40 per bale. He managed to get some for $20 each, but they are three years old. If this keeps up, he’ll have to scrape together money for more hay, he says. 

Lee used to work in construction, but because of injuries from his time in the Marine Corps, he had to stop working. He moved to Wewoka, Oklahoma 25 years ago and bought 160 acres of land, which he hopes is his legacy. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for the largest private land conservation program in the country, following a shortfall in enrollment and change in the White House. 

The Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers and ranchers to preserve land for 10 to 15 years, but it saw a shortfall of 4 million acres under the Trump administration. As of December 2020, there are 20.8 million acres enrolled in the program. 

With President Biden’s focus on mitigating climate change, the USDA extended the deadline for enrollment. 

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