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Responding to COVID-19 in a multilingual way 

We have access to daily reports from public health officials about best practices and current health directives; however, attempting to fully comprehend the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic is difficult for everyone.

COVID-19 is close to home. We are surrounded by a deadly virus that has shut down businesses, schools, churches, and more.

Corporate farming notes

Bayer, maker of the widely used herbicide Roundup, will pay $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of claims filed by consumers alleging a link between their use of Roundup and their cancer, most notably non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Claimants will receive between $5,000 and $250,000 each, depending on the strength of their case. The company admits no wrongdoing in the settlement.

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce contributes to Latino community

For more than a decade, the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, in Columbus, Nebraska, have enjoyed a productive partnership.

Various staff members have taken the reins on projects throughout the Latino community. Most recently, Chamber officers Jeanne Schieffer, president, and Sandie Fischer, events planner and entrepreneur/membership developer, have worked diligently to make sure these projects and events have encouraged Latino entrepreneurs to start and expand their businesses in Columbus.

Proposed legislation a positive step forward in addressing climate change in rural areas

A recently introduced piece of legislation into the U.S. Senate is a positive step forward in addressing climate change in rural areas. 

The Growing Climate Solutions Act, intended to establish a certification program for private parties who work with producers to receive payments for carbon sequestration, comes at a critical time for the agriculture industry and the environment. 

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