June 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Inject your meetings with meaning for maximum results
• Use the Heirloom Program in your meetings
• How are you optimizing your social media?
• Register for 156th Annual Convention
• Vermont State Grange kicks off 150th anniversary
• The Grange Foundation Virtual Telethon seeks sponsors (and talent)
• Communication Fellows Applications due soon
• Barkhamsted veterans, Grange hold flag retirement ceremony
• Bipartisan and Bicameral agreement to extend school and summer meals for kids
• Grange Supply Store: Grange Promotion Kit

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Be sure to share Thanks to make your events successful
• Youth Officers will be selected soon for National Grange convention
• Register for 156th Annual Convention
• Vermont State Grange kicks off 150th anniversary
• The Grange Foundation Virtual Telethon seeks sponsors (and talent)
• Communication Fellows Applications due in three weeks
• Advocacy Playbook: American Agriculture and Supply Chain Issues
• National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization and Grange Foundation 2022 Partnership in Agricultural Literacy Award
• Grange Supply Store: Good Day! Summer issue
• Grange Member Benefit - Member Options

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Official Notice - Official Notice - Official Notice

• The 147th Annual Session of the California State Grange will be an in-person session this year.

• Date: September 22-25, 2022

• Location: Prunedale Grange Hall, 17890 Moro Rd, Salinas, CA Monterey County ALL members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend. This is the business meeting of the State Grange but has a lot of fun built in too!! Each Grange is entitled to two (2) voting Delegates. But there is something for everyone! Deadlines:

• Resolution Deadlines -July 23, 2022 - Resolutions to amend the By-Laws of the CALIFORNIA STATE GRANGE (not the National Grange Digest of Laws).

• July 23, 2022 - Resolutions to amend California State Grange Bylaws Article IX - Funds (i.e. dues)

• September 8, 2022 - All other Resolutions, (including those to amend the National Grange Digest of Laws) are due to the State Secretary by this date for inclusion in the Delegate Packet. Resolutions received after this date will be referred to the appropriate Resolution Committee for review. If accepted by the committee, the resolution will be presented as a Committee Resolution to the Delegates without the Grange's identity. Note: Committees will begin working on resolutions via Zoom as the resolutions are received by the State Grange Secretary.

• On August 23, 2022, any resolutions received to amend the CA State Grange Bylaws will be mailed (by USPS) to the Community & Pomona Grange Secretary whose address is on file with the California State Grange. This is to allow your members time to discuss these changes prior to the State Grange Session, where your Grange Delegates will vote on any changes.





IN THIS ISSUE

• National Grange sees quarterly net gain in membership - By Betsy Huber, National Grange President

• Weather Awareness Summer - By Ann Bercher, National Grange Community Service Director

• Register for the 156th Annual Convention - By Samantha Wilkins, National Grange Operations Coordinator

• The Grange Foundation Virtual Telethon is seeking sponsorships!

• Take a listen!

• Congratulations to Morgan Browning (Mossyrock Grange #355, WA) and Ryan Patton (Ewing Grange #2082, OH) for winning the GROW Club Academic Scholarship for 2022!

• The Grange Foundation Virtual Telethon is seeking sponsorships!

• National Grange helps launch “Hear Well” campaign

• Communication Fellows Applications due in July

• American National Standards Institute Launches Consumer Participation Fund - Courtesy of ANSI

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IN THIS ISSUE

Washington Overview

• Primary Season Heats Up
• Another Reconciliation Package?
• Competition/Supply Chain Bill Negotiations Continue
• Gun Control on the Agenda

Agriculture and Food

• Agriculture Supply Chain Disrupted by Railroads
• Food Inflation Investigation
• Canada’s Dairy Quotas Fix Still Unacceptable
• Transforming Our Food System

Conservation and Environment

• Proposed Rulemaking Adds Regulatory Burden
• USDA Allows Early CRP Termination
• Ag Research Can Improve Climate Outcomes
• Direct Air Carbon Capture

Health Care

• Leverage Federally Qualified Health Centers in Rural Areas?
• Patient Groups Say Pharmacy Benefit Managers Harm Drug Access and Affordability
• Grange Helps Launch Hear Well Campaign

Telecommunications

• Unserved Must Get Broadband First
• New Program Cuts Internet Costs

More

• Water for the West

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May 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Regional conferences have something for everyone By Betsy Huber, National Grange President

• Rural Minds Collaboration puts focus on mental wellness By Pete Pompper, National Grange Community Service Director

• Register for the 156th Annual Convention By Samantha Wilkins, National Grange Operations Coordinator

• The Grange Foundation Virtual Telethon is seeking sponsorships!

• Applications open for 2022 Communication Fellows

• Slight Change to Grange in Action program By Loretta Washington, National Grange Sales, Benefits, and Program Director

• Initiative to Support Rural Pastors Could Be Helping Save Farmers’ Lives By Russell Lackey and Trisha Wheelock Courtesy of The Daily Yonder

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IN THIS ISSUE

• National Grange partners with Rural Minds to provide webinar By Betsy Huber, National Grange President

• 156th Annual Convention registration is now open! By Samantha Wilkins, National Grange Operations Coordinator

• The Grange Foundation Virtual Telethon is seeking sponsorships!

• Applications open for 2022 Communication Fellows

• Rural Minds and National Grange to host webinar

• Change to Grange in Action program By Loretta Washington, National Grange Sales, Benefits, and Program Director

• Patriot’s Program

• Benefits Available for Farmers Courtesy of benefits.gov

• National Grange Member Benefit – Harvest Hosts

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The National Grange is excited for you to join us at the 156th National Grange Convention Convention

November 15-19, 2022
Nugget Casino Resort
1100 Nugget Avenue
Sparks, Nevada 89431

Open National Grange Registration Page.





On Saturday afternoon, 5/14/2022, shaded by the oak canopy, the Dobbins Grange #745 was reorganized with 13 members of the community. Organizers, Martha Stefenoni, Chad Smith, and Lillian Booth spent the afternoon talking with the members of the community. After their questions were answered, the community members chose to reorganize the Grange, elected officers, and set their bylaws and their next meeting date.

In this very rural area, the Grange will be a huge benefit to the community. For their first community project, the Dobbins Grange will continue the work of the Dobbins Farmers Market on the Grange property on Marysville Road each Saturday. They look forward to growing the Grange, adding a recycling project, starting a Grange Youth Fair Program, and giving back to the community.

Welcome to the Grange!!!



Officers Left to Right: Stacey Hinton, President; Rosemary Blevins, Secretary; Sara Fowler, Executive Committe; Teresa McFall, Treasurer.





IN THIS ISSUE

• Bring fun and connection to communities through events and celebrations

• Time to do some Spring Cleaning! By Amanda Brozana Rios, National Grange Membership/Leadership Development Dir.

• Vintage Grange Songs presentation

• Click here to join the “Youth Yammering & Junior Jibber-Jabber” on Sunday

• Click here to join Membership Matters on Tuesday

• Applications open for 2022 Communication Fellows

• Rural Minds and National Grange to host webinar

• Patriot’s Program

• Advocacy Playbook By Sean O’Neil, National Grange Legislative Assistant | Email

• National Grange Member Benefit – Lenovo

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APRIL 2022 WRAP-UP

Washington Overview

• Competition/Supply Chain Bill Moves Forward
• Ukraine, COVID-19 Funding, and Title 42

Agriculture and Food

• Cattle Markets in the Spotlight
• Incentive to Increase Food Production
• Shipping Backlogs and Rail Rates Squeeze Food Supply Chain
• Support USDA Funding

Conservation and Environment

• Farmers and Ranchers Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
• Farmers and Ranchers Challenge the SEC

Health Care

• House Bill Caps Insulin Cost
• Cancer Test Held Hostage by Merger
• More on Drug Pricing

Telecommunications
• More Broadband Bucks
• Heard on the Hill

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April 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Fly-In Connects Grange members to Capitol Hill

• Keep "Grange Month" Going

• Applications open for 2022 Communication Fellows

• PREVIOUS ISSUES OF A QUARTER'S WORTH

• National Grange Member Benefit – Start Hearing - American Hearing Benefits is now Start Hearing!

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Sunday, April 24th, Cool California was the site of the reorganization meeting of the Pilot Hill Grange No. 1 with 18 charter members.

Martha Stefenoni and Lillian Booth of the State Grange conducted the meeting. They explained about how to Grange can be the center for Community Action in the Cool area. Joe White was elected President. Plans are being made for future meetings where the new members will have the opportunity to get to know each other and to plan projects for the Grange.

Over the last few months the State Grange has reorganized the Redding Grange, Chico Grange, Lockeford Grange, Woodbridge Grange, Pleasant Valley Grange, Rough and Ready Grange, Rutherford Grange and Redcreast Community Grange. The State Grange is working on several other reorganizations. Watch for more news in the near future.





IN THIS ISSUE

• Ritual brings a sense of belonging and community By Betsy Huber, National President
• Virtual Telethon for Juniors and Youth is coming up – seeking sponsorships, talent and testimonials By Mandy Bostwick, National Grange Youth and Young Adults Development Director
• Applications for the GROW Club Academic Scholarship are due on Saturday, April 30th.
• Upcoming Grange Month Events
• April 27 – Online Trivia Zoom Night – 9:00pm Eastern on Zoom
• April 29 – E-Member Forum with Amanda Brozana Rios, National Grange Membership and Leadership Development
• Questions about Grange Month? Contact Philip Vonada, Communications Director
• Grange Month Challenge: National Grange Youth Trash Pick-Up
• Speakers slated for Legislative Fly-In
   > Will McIntee - Associate Director of Public Engagement at the White House
   > Betsy Huber - President of the National Grange
   > Sen. Debbie Stabenow - (D-MI), Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
   > Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson - (R-15-PA), Ranking Member, House Agriculture Committee
   > Debbie Witchey - Executive Vice President and CEO, Healthcare Leadership Council
   > Mike Saperstein - General Counsel and Head of Government Affairs, Lumos Fiber
   > Brittany Jablonsky - VP, Public Policy and Stakeholder Relations, Farm Credit Council
   > Jeff Winton - Founder and Chairman, Rural Minds
• The Power of Ritual By Rob Herring, Executive Director, Earth Conscious Life
• Applications open for 2022 Communication Fellows
• Biden-⁠Harris Administration Launches Nationwide Network of Partners to Tap Resources for Rural America
• Background: Rural Partners Network
• Grange Supply Store Note: Effective May 1, any Grange Supply Store “rush” orders that require expedited arrival (7 days or fewer from time of order) will have a $25.00 expedition fee added to the order, in addition to the shipping fee. This includes any seals, certificates, and membership recognition applications."
• National Grange Member Benefit – Avis & Budget Rental Cars

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Diversity Task Force aims to expand - By Betsy Huber, National President
• Advocacy Playbook - How Does the Grange Advocate for You? - By Sean O’Neil, National Grange Legislative Assistant
• Upcoming Grange Month Events
• Coming next week, three new Grange Month Zoom events!
• Visit the Grange Month 2022 - Philip Vonada, Communications Director
• Speakers slated for Legislative Fly-In
• Applications open for 2022 Communication Fellows
• Commentary: Telehealth and Broadband Adoption - By Craig Settles Reprinted with permission from The Daily Yonder
• Grange Supply Store Note - “rush” orders expedition fee added to the order.
• National Grange Member Benefit - Lenovo

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Come one, come all to our second destination on the 2022 Grange Roadshow. Hands on activities, sharing ideas, and renewing connections with other members, are just some of the weekend's events. Perfect for new or seasoned members. Members of all ages are encouraged to attend. Registration includes two meals, all printed materials, snacks, and a few surprises.

• Saturday, April 30 - Sunday May 1st

• Humboldt Grange Hall

• Registration Fee: $50.00 per person.

The doors of Humboldt Grange Hall will open at 9 AM on Saturday April, 30. Located at 4845 Humboldt Hill Rd., Eureka, CA, our host Grange features the diversity of California's north coast. Not only will there lots of great Grange information offered during the Grange Roadshow, it will also provide the opportunity to receive the 5th Degree before dinner on Saturday. A journey to another nearby Grange after dinner will include a Grange dance. On Sunday we support Freshwater Grange in their first Grange breakfast, learn about applying for grants, and enjoy the exemplification of the 6th Degree in preparation for the National Grange Session this November in Sparks, NV.

Use this online registration form: Register Online

Hope to see you there,

The California State Grange





IN THIS ISSUE

• Grange Month brings renewed Spirits By Betsy Huber, National President
• Grange Month is the time to "brag!" By Pete Pompper, National Grange Community Service Director
• Questions about Grange Month? Contact Philip Vonada, Communications Director
• Speakers slated for Legislative Fly-In
• Bipartisan Bill to Create a Permanent Office for Rural Prosperity at the White House By Kristi Eaton for The Daily Yonder
• Registration information for conferences is now available on the National Grange website.
• National Grange Member Benefit - Member Options
• Introducing a new benefit: “Member Options”
• Save Money with Multiple Quotes!

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IN THIS ISSUE

MARCH 2022 WRAP-UP


• Supreme Court Nominee Moves Forward
• Supply Chain Bills Move Forward
• President Biden Releases 2023 Budget

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
• Keep West Coast Ports Shipping During Labor Negotiations
• Pass Ocean Shipping Reform Act.
• USDA Commits More Processing Capacity Funds
• Supreme Court to Review California Animal Housing Law
• Fund Wildlife Damage Protection

CONSERVATION AND AND ENVIRONMENT
• Extend Deadline for Climate-Smart Pilot Projects
• Farmers Willing but Conservation Programs Can’t Pay
• Bring CRP Land into Production?

HEALTH CARE
• Rule to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
• Keep Critical Pharmacist Services

POSTAL REFORM
• Postal reform is now a reality!
• Grange Meets with Postmaster General

RIGHT -- TO REPAIR
• Senator John Tester (D-MT) has introduced a bill that would legally require agricultural equipment manufacturers to make their software, parts and tools information available to those looking to repair their own machines. Class-action lawsuits have been filed

TELECOMMUNICATIONS
• Senator Wants Broadband Build-Out Oversight
• Pole Attachment Dispute Rules Sought
• Universal Service Fund in Trouble

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March 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Grange Month Details

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Regional Meetings are coming up soon! By Betsy Huber, National Grange President

• Grange Month Events start soon!

• Join us for the National Grange Legislative Fly-In – Register by April 1

• National Grange Member Benefit – Travel Perks from Avis and Budget

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Washington DC Experience brings excitement and education to HQ By Betsy Huber, National President

• IMPORTANT - READ THIS - Effective immediately, all Years of Membership pins are now available from the National Grange office. You can no longer order them through Monroe Classic’s Grange store.

• National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference – Registration Open

• National Grange Youth Trash Pick-Up Challenge - By Mandy Bostwick, National Grange Youth and Young Adults Director

• Join us for the National Grange Legislative Fly-In

• Wicker Calls for Oversight Review on COVID-19 Broadband Spending

• Advocacy Playbook - By Sean O’Neil, National Grange Legislative Assistant

• National Grange Member Benefit - Office Depot

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IN THIS ISSUE

   • National Grange meets with Postmaster General DeJoy By Betsy Huber, National President

   • Effective immediately, all Years of Membership pins are now available from the National Grange office. You can no longer order them through Monroe Classic’s Grange store.

   • “Suit Up!” – Make Your Grange Stand Out By Amanda Brozana Rios, Membership and Leadership Development Director

   • Grange Month is just around the corner

   • National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference – Registration Open

   • National Grange Youth Trash Pick-Up Challenge - By Mandy Bostwick, National Grange Youth and Young Adults Director

   • Join us for the National Grange Legislative Fly-In

   • Postal Service Reform Act Passes Senate

   • Falling Costs of Broadband Show Promise for Rural Communities

   • National Grange Member Benefit - Grange Members save 20% at over 4,000 Comfort Inns, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inns, Clarion, MainStay Suites, EconoLodge, and Rodeway Inn hotels worldwide. Receive Choice Privileges membership please call 1-800-258-2847 or visit www.choicehotels.com and provide the National Grange ID code number 00211660.

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Presidents’ Conference leaves Grange leaders educated and inspired By Betsy Huber, National President

• Where does the information go? Be the Connector! By Philip J. Vonada, Communications Director

• Heirloom Program Begins in March By Amanda Brozana Rios, Membership and Leadership Development Director

• National Grange Youth Trash Pick-Up Challenge By Mandy Bostwick, National Grange Youth and Young Adults Director

• Regional Leaders Conferences - Date Announced

• Legislative Fly-In Information

• National Grange Vice President named to Quilts of Valor Board

• 2021 Journal of Proceedings Now Available

• National Grange Member Benefit:
Exclusive Grange Worldwide Hotel and Car Rental Discounts Program
Exclusive Grange Worldwide Car Rental Discount Program
Exclusive Grange Worldwide Hotel Discounts

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Feburary 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE

Washington Overview
• Congressional Funding Delayed Again
• Russia Invades Ukraine
• Biden Administration Announcements to Come

Agriculture and Food
• Price Discovery Divides Cattle Industry
• Farmers and Ranchers Can Report Anticompetitive Practices
• Grange Urges Research Support

Conservation and Environment
• USDA Funding Climate Pilot Projects
• President’s 30x30 Plan a Tough Sell in Rural Areas
• Carbon Pipelines Concern Farmers

Health Care
• Grange Urges Reconsideration of Alzheimer’s Treatment

Postal Service Reform
• Reform Legislation Moving Through Congress

Telecommunications
• Broadband Has Money. Now What?
• States Gear Up for Broadband Funds

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Presidents’ Conference in Myrtle Beach By Betsy Huber, National Grange President

• Regional Conferences – Not Just for the Youth By Mandy Bostwick, National Grange Youth and Young Adults Director

• Grange Month Preview

• Broadband expansion has the money. Now what? By Betsy Huber, National Grange President

• Heirloom Program Introductory Series on Zoom

• Join us for the National Grange Legislative Fly-In

• USDA Unveils Resource Guide to Help Rural Entrepreneurs Start and Grow Businesses, Create Good-Paying Jobs and Strengthen America’s Economy

• Donation to SkillUSA to help prepare for trade careers

• National Grange Member Benefit Office Depot Shares the Love this February

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Comunication is Key to Growth and Resilience By Betsy Huber, National President

• Lecturer’s Programming – What’s New, What’s the Same By Ann Olson Bercher, National Grange Lecturer

• Join us for the National Grange Legislative Fly-In

• THE GRANGE MUSIC KIT

• National Grange Member Benefit

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Gardening - Good for the mind, body and soul By Betsy Huber, National President

• Washington DC Experience - Final Week to Register! 

• National Grange President Named to AAAA Board of Directors

• National Grange Roster Now Available!

• WINTER EDITION OF GOOD DAY!

• National Grange Member Benefit



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January 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE

Washington Overview

• Democracy Reform Comes to a Head
• Bipartisan Competitiveness Bill on the Move
• Justice Breyer Announces Retirement
• War Looms in Ukraine

Agriculture and Food

• Price Inflation Hits Producers and Consumers
• Some Good News for Dairymen
• Bioengineered Replaces GMO
• Stigma Around Rural Mental Health Down Slightly

Conservation/Environment

• Supreme Court to Review Clean Water Act

Health Care

• No Surprises Act Now in Effect
• Drug Makers Receiving Less on Brand Names
• New Rural Health Care Funding

Telecommunications

• States are Lynchpin to Broadband Expansion
• National Telecommunications and Information Administration Will Coordinate
• Affordability Should Not be a Roadblock
• National Grange Submits Comments to NTIA

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Growing the Grange through Seed Distribution By Betsy Huber, National President

• 1 in a 1000 Zoom meetings

• Time to Pack Your Bags and Book Your Flights! By Samantha Wilkins, Junior Grange Director

• Raised Right Here - Using the National Grange theme in your Community Grange

• National Grange Partners with Rural Minds

• Associate Membership Brouchers Available

• Secretary Vilsack Announces New 10 Year Strategy to Confront the Wildfire Crisis From the U.S. Department of Agriculture

• National Grange Member Benefit - Unwrap Winter Savings with Avis and Budget

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Planting the Seeds of Agriculture in our Youth - By Betsy Huber, National President

• Impart Grange lessons at every meeting with the Heirloom Program By Amanda Brozana Rios, Membership/Leadership Development Director

• AFOP Releases Annual Children in the Fields Campaign Report Reprinted with permission

• Washington DC Experience 2022

• Advocacy Playbook – Infrastructure Package and Rural America

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IN THIS ISSUE

• Use the New Year to make resolutions for your Grange By Betsy Huber, National President

• Hitting the Ground Running – new Communications Director says hello By Philip J. Vonada, National Grange Communications Director

• HHS Kicks Off New Year with New Protections from Surprise Medical Bills From the Department of Health and Human Services Beginning January 1, 2022

• Washington DC Experience 2022 Youth, Young Adults, and Juniors are invited

• FDA Authorizes First Oral Antiviral Treatment for COVID-19: by Sean O’Neil, National Grange Legislative Assistant

• Good Day! Volume 5, Issue 3 •

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Washington Overview

• Manchin Opposes Build Back Better Act

• Congress Completes Housekeeping Before Winter Recess

Agriculture and Food

• Food Prices Continue to Surge

• House Passes Bipartisan Beef Market Transparency Bills

• School Lunch Gets $1.5 Billion for Supply Chain Challenges

• Funds to Address Ag Stress

AG Workforce/immigration

• Fewer Immigrant Workers Slow Economy

Climate Change/Conservation

• Technical Assistance and Cover Crop Incentives

Health Care

• Medicare Part D Should Pay for Essential Immunizations

• New Medicines to Treat Rare Diseases

Telecommunications

• Funds Delivery May Slow Broadband Progress

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