Rising Temps & California Flooding and Farm Bankruptcy Rate Low
**The onset of warm temperatures is accelerating the melting of a record-breaking snowpack, triggering worries of continued flooding in California’s Central Valley.
In Tulare County, farm fields have been inundated as floodwaters and now snowmelt fills the lowlands.
County Ag Commissioner Jimmy Hook says flooding impacts have affected 64,000 acres, causing $131 million in financial losses, likely to move higher.
**Eight Michigan Representatives have joined the campaign to reverse Ford’s decision to remove AM radio from most new models in 2024.
In a letter to Ford’s board of directors, they said removing AM capability could jeopardize the safety and livelihood of Americans.
Michigan Rep David Prestin says Ford’s decision to remove the backbone of the Emergency Alert System is reckless and represents “a lack of vision or thought towards national security.”
**New data from USDA’s Economic Research Service confirms a decline in the farm Chapter 12 bankruptcy rate, reaching the lowest level in nearly two decades, with 0.78 bankruptcies per 10,000 farms.
The total number of bankruptcies is an indicator of financial stress in the farm sector.
In 2003, the bankruptcy rate reached a high of 3.3 per 10,000 farms and declined to 0.5 in 2004.