Popular Mechanics, Caroline Delbert, 6/24/2020

“‘What can burn? It’s stone,’ said President Trump….

“…July 3rd fireworks at Mount Rushmore are a fire risk …Mount Rushmore is surrounded by a protected ponderosa forest experiencing a drought … rainfall in the Black Hills region is down as much as 50%…”

Read more: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a32957973/mount-rushmore-fireworks/

Fern’s Ag-Insider, Chuck Abbott, 5/3/2020

“As many as 18% of workers in meat and poultry plants are infected with the coronavirus in Iowa and South Dakota, while Pennsylvania and Nebraska account for one-quarter of COVID-19 cases nationwide, said CDC scientists and state health officials….

“…The Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, SD, has been tied to 853 infections among 3,100 workers, said the Argus Leader newspaper…”

Read more: https://thefern.org/ag_insider/as-meat-plants-reopen-iowa-south-dakota-pennsylvania-and-nebraska-are-coronavirus-leaders/

Wisconsin State Farmer, Colleen Kottke, 1/31/2020

“The number of family farms filing for bankruptcy last year jumped nearly 20% from the previous year….

“Following Wisconsin, Georgia had 41 Chapter 12 filings in 2019, which was up 15 filings from 2018. Chapter 12 filings were at, tied with or above decade-high levels in 10 states: Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin….

Read more: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/2020/01/31/wisconsin-continues-lead-u-s-farm-bankruptcies/4625866002/