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The Washington Post explores the choice a young doctor is making about whether to stay in a rural practice. Dr. Sarah Carricaburu (above) is working at clinic in central Virginia, part of a federal program aimed at luring doctors to small towns. The government will help pay back Carricaburu’s tuition if she stays in Esmont, Virginia. 

That’s not looking likely now. “Coming here was like stepping back in time,” she said. “I would like to stay in a community health-care setting, but here I didn’t feel like I had the resources to do my job. You’re cut off.”

Nearly 5,000 young med school grads have accepted federal grants to pay off school expenses, an average of $150,000 per student. They are working in underserved areas, but will they stay? 

• R-CALF USA, the stock raising group, is chartering buses to an August 26 hearing in Fort Collins, Colorado, and hopes to have 25,000 ranchers and farm owners there to meet with Department of Justice officials investigating antitrust violations in the beef business. 

• Also, if you’d like a good summary of where we are with USDA’s proposed rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act — rules governing beef markets and the relationship between chicken contractors and large integrators — Philip Brasher has a good summary. Remember, these are the rules that have stirred Congress and started a hot war between livestock raisers and packers. Go here

• The Wall Street Journal reports on the decision U.S. wheat farmers are facing — how much to plant. Russia has cut off exports of wheat as their fields have been ravaged by fire and drought. In Australia, there are warnings of a locust plague. Prices are rising.

But if the dire warnings prove false and everyone overplants wheat, then the disaster could be in a glutted market and plummeting prices. 

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