Alfafarmers Support Rural Doctors and USDA Fertilizer Funding
**The Alabama Farmers Federation continues its support of the development of rural physicians in Alabama by gifting $500 book stipends to Rural Medicine Program students at Auburn University.
www.alfafarmers.org reports, RMP students were raised in rural Alabama and are commitment to returning home to practice primary care medicine.
They are selected for admission to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine after completing a year of post-graduate study at Auburn.
**A new federal grant program seeks to increase American-made fertilizer production. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the $500 million in grants, intended to spur competition in the fertilizer sector and combat price hikes on U.S. farmers.
The Fertilizer Production Expansion Program is part of a government-wide effort to promote competition in agricultural markets.
The Commodity Credit Corporation grants will support independent, innovative and sustainable American fertilizer production to supply American farmers.
**Ending the 14-week stretch of declining gas prices, the nation's average gas price posted a rise of 3.2 cents from a week ago to $3.67 per gallon.
The national average is down 17.5 cents from a month ago but 49.3 cents higher than a year ago.
But the national average diesel price went down 5.1 cents over the last week and stands at $4.88 per gallon.