The Beauty of Rural Life

On June 24, the Diocese of Fargo will hold its first annual Rural Life Celebration on the Schmitz farm near…

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Next Steps for the Farm Bill

Last week (June 14), the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 20–1 to pass its version of the next farm bill –…

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Agricultural Policy Update

The month of June promises to be an interesting one on a number of policy fronts. Here is a quick…

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House of Representatives to Vote on Farm Bill

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to consider and vote on H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act…

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Celebrating the Feast of St. Isidore

On May 15, we celebrated the Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer. In February 1947, St. Isidore was constituted as the…

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Sts. Isidore and Maria Relics

The intercession of Sts. Isidore and Maria is no small blessing! Many have prayed and experienced real help through their…

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House Ag Committee Releases 2018 Farm Bill Draft

Last week, the House Agriculture Committee passed Chairman Mike Conaway’s (R-TX) draft farm bill along a party line vote. The…

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The Return of the Rural Family

“The rural family needs to regain its rightful place at the heart of the social order.” Why? I’ve been pondering…

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Part II: Advancing Conservation Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill

[Editor’s note: This is Part II of a two-part posting on conservation programs.] When it comes to federal support for…

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Farm Safety Net: Crop Insurance Reforms

As outlined the previous blog in this series, the overarching goals for federal agricultural policies that advance opportunities and create…

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