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  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 
    There are several opportunities for immediate relief for borrowers with USDA single-family housing loans in rural areas. 
    Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct and Guaranteed loans are subject to a moratorium on foreclosure and eviction for a period of 60 days. This action applies to the initiation of foreclosures and evictions and to the completion of foreclosures and evictions in process.
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    Forty-eight agriculture groups are calling on Congress to expand USDA’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation. 
    Congress must act to ensure the CCC has the authority and funding to assist farmers and ranchers facing serious cash flow challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Things to put on your pre-breeding season checklist
    Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    As many producers wrap up calving season, it’s time to switch gears and start thinking about next year’s calf crop. 
    “Do things twice as well as you need to because the little mistakes at every point can really add up.” 
    That’s the advice George Perry, a beef reproduction specialist at South Dakota State University (SDSU), often gives to cow-calf producers as they prepare their herds - and their management tactics — for breeding season. Here are some things to put on your pre-breeding checklist:
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    Dementia, cognitive decline and forgetfulness, is an umbrella term.
    Underneath that umbrella is Alzheimer’s disease (50-75%), vascular dementia (20-30%), Lewy body (10-25%), and frontotemporal (10-25%) plus many other less prevalent forms. 
    You will notice that the percentages vary greatly. That is because physicians just aren’t sure plus many individuals are not diagnosed — properly or at all. 
  • Residents, business owners, churches change their day-to-day
    Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    On a windy March morning, Father Mark Hanifan held a closed Mass at Lovelock’s Saint John the Baptist Church. Only Father Hanifan and his ministers were present. Someone rang the church bell at the moment of consecration. Then, in masks and gloves, the clergy offered curbside Holy Communion. 
    Drivers lowered their car windows to accept baggies from gloved hands. The packages contained the consecrated host. 
    Meanwhile, across town, Colton, 9, and Whitlee Diaz, 10, worked on their distance learning packets. For exercise, they jumped rope or played on the trampoline. 
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    To protect patient privacy, Pershing County Health Officer Dr. Kamin VanGuilder and other PGH officials would not say how many COVID-19 tests have been conducted by the hospital. They are preparing for the coronavirus pandemic they said will inevitably spread to Pershing County.
    “Hospital data is reported to our Governor’s office and other state public healthcare officials to be provided to the public,” Dr.VanGuilder explained in an email. “This ensures the information is reported in a timely, consistent basis and with the proper context.”
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    The county commission will reconsider the county’s state of emergency that enables local businesses to apply for federal or state financial help. The declaration suspends advisory board meetings and gives paid administrative leave to county employees afflicted with COVID-19.
    “If and when there is federal funding or state funding for businesses then they can apply for it if we declare an emergency,” Commissioner Larry Rackley explained at an earlier emergency meeting. “Other counties have made it two weeks with automatic renewal until further notice.”
    District Attorney Bryce Shields said the declaration “clears the path for access to those funds” and suggested the declaration be reconsidered and possibly prolonged at today’s meeting.
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office says that franchised car dealerships are allowed to continue operating in a limited manner through the state’s 30-day nonessential business shutdown, but must comply with social distancing protocols and other requirements to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
    A spokeswoman for Nevada Health Response — the state’s centralized agency for tracking and responding to COVID-19 — confirmed to The Nevada Independent on Thursday that car dealerships can continue operating during the business shutdown, even though they are not explicitly mentioned in emergency regulations outlining the types of businesses allowed to continue operations.
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the acceptance of more than 3.4 million acres in the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup recently completed, the first general signup enrollments since 2016. County offices will begin notifying producers with accepted offers no later than April 3. 
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:00 AM
    Casinos locked their doors, small businesses sent emails notifying customers they would be closing because of COVID-19, and lawmakers urged citizens to purchase gift cards as a way to support local shops.
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