Ranch News Today – March 16, 2013

Posted on March 16, 2013

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statistical arm said it won’t issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices.

According to the Department of Defense, 75% of 17-24 year olds are unable to join the military because they have a criminal record, did not graduate high school, or a lack physical fitness.  It was against that backdrop that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak visited the Coast Guard in South Portland to talk about child nutrition and fitness. Vilsak says that childhood obesity and hunger are national security issues because without a fit force, the U.S. cannot defend itself around the world.

Young adults are fleeing rural America, leaving behind a record number of counties that are dying off — or “naturally decreasing” — through a higher number of deaths than births, according to population estimates by the US Census Bureau.

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