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  • Low water levels on the Mississippi River continue to be of concern to farmers, water managers in the southwestern U.S. consider the outlook for this winter and next summer, and highly pathogenic avian influenza in turkeys could mean high prices for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • A ride along with combines harvesting corn in the Midwest shows the sophisticated technology and processes farmers are using, and economists are warning consumers that they can expect to pay record high prices for turkey this upcoming holiday season.
  • Inflation Reduction Act aims at agricultural practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from crop and livestock production, U.S. farm incomes and exports are expected lower than 2021, and a study shows interesting findings about the effects on overall health of people who eat grapes.
  • Colorado’s economy is growing faster than most states in the nation. And LGBT adults in the Utah are more likely to experience food insecurity than their non-LGBT counterparts.
  • Two pieces of legislation are announced that could impact farmers, ranchers, and rural residents; "Farms Under Threat" looks at threats to agricultural land from expanding commercial, industrial, and residential development; a drop in cattle numbers due to drought is leading to the possibility of higher beef prices; and monsoon rain events have been very patchy in the Four Corners Region this summer.
  • A look at food price increases over the past year, the factors behind increased retail prices for beef, the Food and Drug Administration will now require a veterinary prescription for injected antibiotics for livestock, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature adds the monarch butterfly to its “red list” of threatened species.
  • Entry into farming remains difficult for young want-to-be farmers who are not in line to take over or inherit an established farm or ranch, food price inflation declines slightly in June, some tips for spending less on food, and a look at the schedules for upcoming fairs in the Four Corners.
  • The federal government’s pandemic response program to fund free school meals for all students is set to expire at the end of June. From Boulder, KGNU's Shannon Young has more.
  • The Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to affect grain prices, and could worsen global hunger, causing some to recommend the USDA open millions of acres of idle croplands in the U.S. The USDA is projecting that food prices will rise further in 2022, and John Deere will end the requirement that only Deere-certified technicians can complete work on the company’s farm equipment.
  • Trump administration tariffs result in billions paid to U.S. agricultural producers, meat costs fall while overall food costs are rising, the Colorado State University Extension is offering webinars on gardening, and a look at local precipitation in 2021.