Friday, January 07, 2022

Quick hits: Get used to winter tornadoes; U.S. beats Canada in first trade case under USMCA, over dairy subsidies . . .

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

An international trade dispute panel ruled for the United States in a conflict over Canada's dairy import limits, the first trade dispute brought under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The panel agreed with the U.S. that Canada isn't meeting its commitments under the treaty because it set up tariff-rate quotas for dairy products in such a way that only helped Canadian processors. Read more here.

A study says winter tornadoes are going to become more frequent and more powerful. Read more here.

Women in rural areas are less likely to be treated for certain cancers, a study shows. Read more here.

Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country. Read more here.

The Rural Health Information Hub will host a free webinar Thursday, Jan. 13, to discuss a newly expanded program that allows rural medical providers to qualify for loan repayment. Read more here.

Climate change is a big factor in the increasingly large and deadly wildfires, but a century of poor forest-management policies didn't help. Government and non-profit organizations have been studying fire behavior to improve such policies, and they have some recommendations. Read more here.

A growing movement of LGBTQ+ farmers is working to build community and support in rural spaces. Read more here.

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