17 students in Jackson County schools receive perfect FSA scores

17 Jackson county students received perfect scores on their Florida Standards Assessment test this year. The students range from elementary school to high school, from a cross-section of schools like Marianna, Sneads and Cottondale High School, Cottondale Elementary School, even the Hope School which helps students with learning disabilities. As...
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Vaccine Mandates; COVID-19 Data; FSA Testing; Inspiration4

This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis leveled a new threat against Florida municipalities, saying that any city or county that requires its employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a $5,000 fine per employee. DeSantis says that it's wrong that first responders and other public employees could get fired for...
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Where to Buy At-Home COVID-19 Tests for Cheap

President Joe Biden recently announced that Walmart, Kroger and Amazon will be selling discounted rapid COVID-19 tests to help beat the pandemic. But it may not be clear to shoppers which tests are being sold at up to 35% off, and in some cases it's impossible to find the discounted tests in stock.

Environmentalists Pan Unintended Environmental Consequences of Flawed Agricultural Laws

Two unrelated food policies—one here in the United States and one in France—are drawing fire from environmentalists and sustainability advocates, who argue the approaches they mandate waste resources and money and don't improve environmental quality. A Politico piece last month took aim at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve...

USDA extends deadline for producers to apply for pandemic assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP). Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through Oct. 12, 2021, rather than the original deadline of Sept. 17, 2021. PLIP is part of USDA's Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

Here's how to get a COVID-19 test in Richland County

MANSFIELD — The demand for COVID-19 testing is at an all-time high in Richland County. Richland Public Health currently has a supply of free testing kits available, communications specialist Reed Richmond said. “We have a good supply but are asking the public to take one per customer or per family...

COVID-19 home test kits and PPE are tax-deductible, IRS says

According to the IRS, COVID-19 home testing kits are an eligible medical expense under the tax code. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, are also eligible medical expenses if they’re used primarily for preventing the spread of COVID-19. That means taxpayers who itemize can...

Sunflower prices slip slightly, but still strong

Sunflower prices at the region’s crush plants may have slid down some in mid-September, but they were still strong, hanging in the low $30 range. “Sunflower prices were down 60 cents to unchanged this week at the crush plants. Bird food is trading mostly around $30.50-$31.50 in South Dakota with North Dakota prices trading for as much as $33 in some locations,” according to John Sandbakken, National Sunflower Association executive director, commenting in the Sept. 13 NSA newsletter.

6 Budgeting Mistakes to Avoid

Crafting and following a budget is one of the best ways to help make ends meet and help achieve your goals, whether that means paying off student loans or saving for your first home. "Think of your budget as an action plan for where your money will be distributed," said...