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USDA to Pprovide $150 million to aid rural communities affected by natural disasters

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers today announced that USDA is making $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters.
“When rural America thrives, all of America thrives,” Lammers said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA stands with the Nation’s rural communities in their long-term recovery following natural disasters.”

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Avoid this genetic testing scam

Have you heard about the latest scam? Scammers are offering “free” genetic tests and claiming Medicare will cover it — so they can get your Medicare Number and use it to commit fraud and identity theft.

They’re targeting people through telemarketing calls, health fairs, and even knocking on doors.

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Washing poultry: Science vs. choice

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2019 – A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.
“Cooking and mealtime is a special occasion for all of us as we come together with our families and friends,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, the USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety.

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Jobless rate takes a cool dip in July

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 16 2019) – The jobless rate for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region took an unseasonal dip in July, albeit a slight one, dropping 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent.

There were 8,824 unemployed in the region, a decrease of 248 over the month and 679 fewer than the same time last year, when the jobless rate was 4.7 percent.

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USDA flexibly supporting farmers, ranchers in flooded areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 15, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will defer accrual of interest for all agricultural producers’ spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019.
Specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable termination date or for two months, until November 30, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019.

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County health officials warn of mosquito-borne illness

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Citrus County.

Several sentinel chicken flocks have tested positive for West Nile virus infection. The risk of transmission to humans has increased.

Citrus County Mosquito Control District and DOH-Citrus continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

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