Friday, June 04, 2021

Quick hits: A.I. could churn out next generation of fake news; rural Americans less confident about economy . . .

Here's a roundup of stories with rural resonance; if you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email

The Daily Yonder has home-security tips for rural residents, ranging from the mainstream (Ring electronic doorbells with remote-access video) to the offbeat (peacocks). Read more here.

Most Americans are optimistic about the economy, but rural Americans are less so, according to a recent nationwide survey. Read more here.

Registration is now open for Agri-Pulse's 2021 Food & Ag Policy Summit West, which will take place July 12 online and in Sacramento. Read more here.

One in six Americans stay in a job they hate in order to keep health insurance, a recent poll found. Read more here.

A report shows how artificial intelligence could amplify future disinformation campaigns by churning out compelling fake "news" stories. Read more here.

Thanks to high demand for American-grown corn, soybeans and wheat, the Agriculture Department predicts U.S. farm exports will hit a record $164 billion in 2021. Read more here.

The USDA has rejected a pork industry request to increase the line speeds at slaughterhouses, and says it will uphold a March court decision striking down a Trump administration move to lift maximum line speeds. The USDA said in a statement that pork plants should revert to previous maximum line speeds as of June 30. Read more here.

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