January 15 Radio Program Script

Healthy soil is more than sand silt and clay. It contains millions of microscopic microbes, thousand of beneficial nematodes and water and carbon absorbing organic material.
Photo by Peggy Greb Courtsey, of USDA

Good morning! This is Bob Bragg. Welcome to the January 15th edition of Farm News and Views.

According to a new Government Accountability Office report published last week, nearly two million College students who may be eligible for food assistance might not be enrolled in the program and it suggests that the USDA should help these students sign up for SNAP benefits. The study found that low-income college students who are potentially eligible for food stamps usually have at least one additional risk factor for food insecurity. This includes being a first-generation college student or they are single parents. The report also encourages college administrators to help students understand that the program is available to them. read more

Monarchs Meet 21st Century Ag

An article in the Michigan Farm News about the dramatic decline of Eastern Monarch butterflies in the U. S. got my attention recently. It detailed how the population of this iconic insect has fallen from an estimated 1 billion to maybe 80 million in less than three decades due to habitat loss. The point with this decline is that the key habitat for Monarchs is common milkweed, a plant that used to be found in abundance in fence rows, wood lands, pastures and other non-crop areas throughout the Midwest. Without milkweed, the Monarch is doomed. read more