‘This will be a wallop’: Rural areas brace for hard economic hit

The knock-on effects from the downturn portend a longer recovery period for some.

26.3.2020

Rural communities are bracing for the looming recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, expecting that it could devastate already shaky economies

The knock-on effects from the downturn portend a longer recovery period for some.

Read all coronavirus coverage » Labor force participation was slower to recover after the Great Recession in rural counties, while the income gap between metro and nonmetro areas has only widened over the last decade. As painful as the last economic downturn was for rural regions, the current crisis poses its own problems that could be more devastating. “This is going to be a whole new game,” said Ian LeMay, president of the California Fresh Fruit Association, which represents grape, blueberry and tree fruit growers and shippers. “There are probably lessons we have learned from ’08, but I think the dynamics around what we’re seeing are much different and potentially could be longer-lasting.” USDA, for its part, has taken steps to help rural communities brace for the pandemic, like easing requirements for food assistance as well as rural housing programs that support low-income people. The latest Senate bill is also giving the Agriculture Department more power and $23 billion more to directly aid farmers and ranchers affected by the economic fallout. With school closures across the country, many classes have gone virtual. But that’s not an option for many students who lack reliable internet access at home, a disparity known as the digital homework gap. More critically, those shutdowns have made it harder to feed low-income students who rely on schools for subsidized meals. Districts face extra challenges in trying to feed rural school children, like wide distances between their homes and meal pickup sites. Shrinking access to cash-strapped and far-flung hospitals could also become a bigger crisis as the pandemic spreads to rural communities, where residents on average are older and more likely to have underlying health issues, according to USDA. Rural America “has a higher proportion of people vulnerable to the virus,” with less ability to work remotely, economists with the liberal think tank Center for American Progress wrote earlier this month . “Because of the economy that rural Americans face, they do not have the capacity to keep themselves safe from COVID-19 and continue to make a living,” it warned. Another ‘black swan’ for farmers Farmers and ranchers are already seeing their bottom lines eroded by the virus, which is hitting the U.S. just as planting begins across most of the country. The outbreak — and strict preventative measures to contain it — might even stretch into harvest season, with the first wave set to launch as soon as April in farming regions like the West Coast. “These type of black swan events, you can’t anticipate it,” said John Newton, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s a shock to the global economy. We will rebound and recover — it’s just a matter of how long’s the drag on this.” Tom Slunecka, CEO of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, said in February it could take months to make up for the initial trade losses as the virus spread through China earlier this year. That shut down ports and factories while shipments of food and farm goods piled up. Morning Agriculture A daily briefing on agriculture and food policy — in your inbox. Sign Up Loading By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Read more: POLITICO

We lack quick access to hospitals, too. That's horrible. So much for the great economy.

Rural counties face their own challenges in the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how one is coping.Although the scale of the coronavirus outbreak, at least so far, is much lower in rural counties than in some big cities, they face distinctive challenges in coping with an epidemic of a life-threatening disease.

Governments Prepare for the Long Haul in Battle Against CoronavirusAs the new coronavirus spreads across the world, governments and scientists are bracing for a monthslong siege rather than a swift victory—one marked by shifting strategies and potentially prolonged economic disruption. ChineseVirus If it survives for more than 17 days on surfaces ... one spit on the sidewalk will continue to infect passers by ('passers on')... 😷 This was known weeks ago. Stop repeating the same crap.

When Will It Be Safe to Loosen Coronavirus Lockdowns?As the new coronavirus spreads across the world, governments and scientists are bracing for a monthslong siege rather than a swift victory—one marked by shifting strategies and potentially prolonged economic disruption. Well, not our government apparently. USA Is the Real Sick Man of Americas ChineseVirus

In California, protective equipment shortage pushes nurses to consider drastic action'We are really afraid now — there are nurses writing their wills,' said an Oakland nurse. NBCNews How drastic? Stay home? I wonder what wallstreet executive would do in such a hardship? Ask for higher bonuses? What do you think? NBCNews Still? trump and his corona virus task team lies to us every day. trump should resign NBCNews yet Cuomo, wants CA to send him all their gear.

India outlines $22.6 billion economic stimulus to help poor hit by lockdownIndia on Thursday announced a 1.7 trillion rupee ($22.6 billion) economic stimul... India brings stimulus to help feed and facilitate its poor and USA brings package to bailout multibillion dollar corps such as Boeing. See the difference. That looks very different from a typical Indian queue. Isn't it the custom there to be so close as to be touching? Good for them for maintaining space. just take money from the scammers who steal hundreds of millions from other nations elderly & vulnerable with impunity.

BOJ braced for deeper economic trouble even after March easing: summaryThe coronavirus pandemic could plunge Japan into prolonged economic gloom, Bank ... . There is no longer any monetary policy that the BOJ can play on the real economy. What exists is the purchase of stocks into the market driven under Abenomics. Nobody knows when the BOJ will sell the stock it has purchased to maintain its stock price.



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