Millions of Americans don’t have access to high-speed internet, the majority of whom live in rural areas. To help the 4,000-plus member owners of its farmer cooperative, Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford has made it her mission to advocate for public and private investment in broadband access. advertisement advertisement Internet connectivity is necessary for quality education and healthcare. Without the right tools and technology, it’s harder for farmers and their families to be successful. “When farmers aren’t secure, it leaves us less secure as a nation,” says Ford. To help bridge the digital divide, Ford spearheaded Land O’Lakes’ American Connection Project . Advocating for private and public sector investment in rural internet infrastructure, the effort includes over 170 organizations. Ford is working closely with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and was in D.C. for the signing of the $65 billion infrastructure bill that will … [Read more...] about Beth Ford wants to change the narrative about rural America
Food crisis in america
When Martin Luther King reminded us of “the fierce urgency of now,” he also warned that “there is such a thing as being too late.” On fixing the climate crisis, we are almost at that point. With record heat waves now raging across North America, Europe, and Asia; drought, wildfires, crop failures, and famine in some regions; unprecedented floods elsewhere; and record-high global ocean temperatures the last six years in a row, the summer of 2022 seems like we are all walking through the gates of hell. Perhaps the “fierce urgency” of this summer’s climate chaos will move governments to finally act. Despite 30 years of United Nations climate change conferences, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and the climate crisis continues to worsen. This November, the 27th United Nations climate conference (COP27) will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, and the Group of 20 Summit will be held in Bali, Indonesia. These government summits may be our last best chance to fix the … [Read more...] about Bali G20: Last best chance to fix climate crisis
WEARINGTWO HATS Incoming CEO of the land, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., has decided to concurrently manage the Department of Agriculture. —REUTERS Incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who will be inaugurated as the 17th president of the Philippines on June 30, made the unorthodox decision to concurrently take on the role of secretary of agriculture. At a press conference, he said, “ .. As to agriculture, I think that the problem is severe enough that I have decided to take on the portfolio of the secretary of agriculture at least for now. We will rebuild the value chain of agriculture.” With this statement, one wonders, how severe is the problem? While rebuilding the value chain (the integrated range of goods and services necessary for an agricultural product to move from the producer to the final consumer) is important, there is in fact something more urgent: a hunger crisis. In March of 2021, the New York Times already reported that “a global food crisis … [Read more...] about What awaits President/Agri chief Bongbong Marcos?
Ukrainian service members walk in the industrial area of the city of Sievierodonetsk, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 20, 2022. (REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak/File Photo) KYIV/POKROVSK, Ukraine — Russian forces have fully occupied Sievierodonetsk, the mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city said on Saturday, confirming Kyiv’s biggest battlefield setback for more than a month, after weeks of some of the war’s bloodiest fighting. Ukraine called its retreat from the city a “tactical withdrawal” to fight from higher ground in Lysychansk on the opposite bank of the Siverskyi Donets river. Pro-Russian separatists said Moscow’s forces were now attacking Lysychansk. The fall of Sievierodonetsk — once home to more than 100,000 people, now a wasteland — was Russia’s biggest victory since capturing the port of Mariupol last month. It transforms the battlefield in the east after weeks in which Moscow’s huge advantage in firepower had yielded only slow gains. Russia will … [Read more...] about Ukrainian city falls to Russia in one of war’s bloodiest fights