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Midwest US Flood Loss – Corn Crop Affected & Damaged Agricultural Structures

Midwest US Flood Loss - Corn Crop Affected & Damaged Agricultural Structures

Two weeks after the drastic “bomb cyclone” storm in Midwest, US the flood affected the 9 nine main wheat producing states. The fields of these states are still in under water. This will eventually harm the soil and plant impeding. Today, we are going to discuss the after effects of the US flood and its upcoming status.

The Midwest US flood will lower the production of wheat, corn, and soy.

The spring flood still keeps on affecting the bigger ratio of cropland. The storms resulted in the flooding of 1 million acres of US farmland.

The flooded water has destroyed the million dollar stored crops. Additionally, it also dispersed tires, silt, and sand in the fields. Not just that it has also ruined the roads and the railway.

The mid-March cyclone has shattered the farmers who were already suffering from the low income and US-China Trade War.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the US of government have warned about the “unprecedented flood season”. It forecasts heavy rains. River waters can spread even more due to the melting snow in the northern growing area.

US Flood – Farmer’s Statement:

A farmer for 18 years from Fullerton, Nebraska, Ryan Sonderup aged 36 years said, “There are thousands of acres that won’t be able to be planted.”

He said that if we get straight sunshine in the whole May and June only then there are some possibilities of planting otherwise not. But, looking at the rainy conditions may be this is not possible yet.

Justin Mensik who is a corn farmer in Nebraska said that the rebuilding roads should be the first priority. Only after that, farmers could bring fertilizers. Afterward, checking the soil for the seeding is the third step.

He said that due to the dispersion of all unwanted things it’s impossible to grow a good crop.

US Flood – Lost Cattle:

On Wednesday morning, flood water has covered the 200,000 acres land in five northwestern counties adjoining Missouri river. As informed by the Spokesman for Natural Resources Conservation Service Columbia of US Agriculture Department, Charles Rahm.

According to an email of the executive director of Wisconsin state office of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, 1000 dairy, and beef animals were lost in Wisconsin along with the damaged agricultural structures.

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US Flood – Corn Crop:

For now, the biggest worry of the farmers is corn planting. Aaron Saeuling, Agriculture expert at Iowa state university said, “There is just not going to be enough time to move a lot of that debris.”

Iowa farmers should plant soybean between 31st May and 15th June in order to get fully recovered by the insurance. The insurance ensures minimum price which farmers will get while booking sales for their crop. But, this could only happen if they start planting in the given deadline. As later on, yields can decrease drastically. However, the deadline may differ from state to state.

The chief executive of Agricultural Artificial Intelligence Company Sara Menker said that the snow-covered land and cloud covers make it difficult for the NASA satellites to identify the flood waters properly,

The floods caused around $1 billion damage in Nebraska as stated by the state Governor.

The flooded acreage shows less than 1% of US land used to grow crops like wheat, corn, sorghum, barley, rice, and cotton.

According to Gro Intelligence, Iowa, top crop and 2nd soy-producing state had the greatest water coverage area than any other state.

So, this was everything about the Midwest US flood, its status and after effects. For more information stay tuned to Daily Patron.

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Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to help Indigenous Peoples combat COVID-19.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money is meant to help Indigenous communities prepare for emergencies and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

He says communities can also use the money for a variety of other measures, including helping elders and vulnerable people, food insecurity, educational and other supports for children and mental health assistance.

The new money will flow through the Indigenous community support fund, bringing the total amount to $685 million this year.

Some funding will also go to First Nations living off-reserve as well as Inuit and Metis people living in urban centres, distributed based on need through an application process.

Miller says Ottawa is committed to ensuring Indigenous leaders have the tools and support they need to implement the various aspects of their pandemic plans.

“This funding will provide crucial support to key community initiatives that strive to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19 in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities,” he said.

“This approach aligns with our commitment to support Indigenous leadership’s approaches to community wellness while providing the flexibility to respond to emerging needs, for example in response to an outbreak of COVID-19.”

To date there have been 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, with 34 people hospitalized. Of these, 393 have recovered from the virus. There have also been 17 cases in the Nunavik region in northern Quebec. All have recovered.

The federal government has acknowledged that COVID-19 case counts among Indigenous Peoples do not reflect the true impact on Indigenous communities and individuals, as they only capture statistics from those living on reserves or in Inuit territories. The majority of Indigenous people in Canada live off reserve.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.

Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press

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B.C. students to return to school Sept. 10 as part of gradual restart

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s Education Ministry says children will be returning to classrooms two days later than originally planned as part of a gradual restart to schooling.

Education Minister Rob Fleming told reporters Tuesday that students wouldn’t be expected back on the original date of Sept. 8 to help give administrators and teachers more time to prepare for education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ministry now says in a release that staff will meet on Sept. 8, while students will be welcomed in classrooms by Sept. 10.

A government steering committee, established to help schools plan their restart, will issue operational guidelines next week on issues ranging from health and safety protocols to supporting the mental health of students.

The change in the start date comes after concerns were raised by the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association.

Federation president Teri Mooring has called for more details on the government’s school plan, saying the information is needed for educators and parents.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on Aug. 12, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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Carleton ends student placements with police over failures to address racism

OTTAWA — Carleton University’s criminology school says it will no longer place students to work with police forces and prisons as a show of solidarity with the movement to address systemic racism in Canada’s criminal justice institutions.

Carleton’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice said in a statement Tuesday that the move will affect about 22 student placement positions in the 2020-2021 school year.

Since its creation 21 years ago, the institute says thousands of students have gained experience in the field through placements with the RCMP, Correctional Services Canada, the Ottawa Police Service and the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

Faculty say the decision to end these opportunities comes in response to calls for organizations to cut ties with law enforcement agencies facing mounting public scrutiny over racist practices.

They say these institutions have demonstrated their “imperviousness to reform,” pointing to the recent string of police killings of Black, Indigenous or otherwise racialized people and those suffering from mental health challenges.

The institute says it hopes to expand student placement opportunities at research initiatives and community-based organizations working on a range of issues related to policing, criminal justice and social welfare.

Carleton is one of many schools with criminology programs that are re-examining their relationships with law enforcement as the push to reform or defund police forces gains traction across Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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