White House Rural Forum

October 5, the White House will host the White House Rural Forum, convening rural policy, business, and nonprofit leaders to Penn State University in State College, PA, and announcing new Administration actions in support of rural America. At tomorrow’s convening, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Chair of the White House Rural Council, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf will lead discussions on pertinent issues facing rural communities, including opportunities for economic growth and strategies for improving health care and housing. Secretary Vilsack will also urge lawmakers and the private sector, foundations, and nonprofits to recognize opportunities in America’s rural communities to ensure continued social and economic progress.

Significant gains have been made across rural America: Rural household income climbed 3.4 percent in 2015, and overall poverty and food insecurity fell dramatically, rural populations have begun to rebound, and non-metro areas have added more than 250,000 jobs since 2014, while the share of rural Americans without health insurance is now at an all-time low.

Established by President Obama in 2011, the White House Rural Council coordinates the Administration’s efforts in rural America by streamlining and improving the effectiveness of federal programs, engaging stakeholders on priority issues, and coordinating private sector partnerships to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life.

Building on the work of the White House Rural Council, today the Administration and non-Federal organizations are announcing new investments and highlighting programs to support continued progress in rural America, including:

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/04/fact-sheet-white-house-rural-forum

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It is important that the rural parts of America thrive and improve for the sake of the people who work and live there. Since all our food is grown in rural America we also all have a vested interest in food security. We also need to be good stewards of the land for the flora (oxygen production, home for wildlife as well as beauty), fauna and the water sources that sustain life.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 @ 8:30 AM ET
White House Rural Forum

 

Live Stream: http://wpsu.org/event 

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    President Obama is briefed by FEMA on Hurricane Matthew
    FEMA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    President Obama delivers a statement on the Paris Agreement
    The White House

    4:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama deliver remarks about her Let’s Move! initiative
    South Lawn

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. White House Rural Forum

    October 5, the White House will host the White House Rural Forum, convening rural policy, business, and nonprofit leaders to Penn State University in State College, PA, and announcing new Administration actions in support of rural America. At tomorrow’s convening, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Chair of the White House Rural Council, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf will lead discussions on pertinent issues facing rural communities, including opportunities for economic growth and strategies for improving health care and housing. Secretary Vilsack will also urge lawmakers and the private sector, foundations, and nonprofits to recognize opportunities in America’s rural communities to ensure continued social and economic progress.

    Significant gains have been made across rural America: Rural household income climbed 3.4 percent in 2015, and overall poverty and food insecurity fell dramatically, rural populations have begun to rebound, and non-metro areas have added more than 250,000 jobs since 2014, while the share of rural Americans without health insurance is now at an all-time low.

    Established by President Obama in 2011, the White House Rural Council coordinates the Administration’s efforts in rural America by streamlining and improving the effectiveness of federal programs, engaging stakeholders on priority issues, and coordinating private sector partnerships to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/04/fact-sheet-white-house-rural-forum

    • October 05, 2016

      Remarks by the President following Briefing on Hurricane Matthew

      FEMA Headquarters
      Washington, D.C.

      11:42 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, Administrator Fugate here at FEMA, as well a number of other agencies, our Army Corps of Engineers, our National Guard, have just briefed me on preparations that we’re making for the possibility of some serious effects from Hurricane Matthew.

      Matthew could soon affect areas all across the southeast. So, at my direction, FEMA has been on the ground in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, working with state and local officials to prepare for the storm. We’ve already got response teams and supplies pre-positioned, and ready to help communities in the region.

      I want to emphasize to the public: This is a serious storm. It has already hit Haiti with devastating effect. It is now in the process of moving through the Bahamas. Because it’s not going to be hitting enough land, it is going to be building strength on its way to Florida. We anticipate that by tomorrow morning it will already begin to have significant effect in Florida, and then has the potential to strengthen and move on up the coast during the course of the day.

      So I want to make sure that everybody is paying attention to your local officials. If there is an evacuation order in your community, you need to take it seriously. We anticipate that not only is there still a chance that the core of the storm strikes Florida and some of the states further north, but even if you don’t get the full force of the hurricane, we are still going to be seeing tropical force winds, the potential for a storm surge, and all of that could have a devastating effect.

      So everybody needs to be paying attention and following the instructions of your local officials. And if you get an evacuation order, just remember that you can always rebuild, you can always repair property; you cannot restore a life if it is lost. And we want to make sure that we minimize any possible loss of life or risk to people in these areas.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/05/remarks-president-following-briefing-hurricane-matthew

  3. Service Firms in U.S. Rebound to Best Expansion in 11 Months

    10/5/16 Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    American service companies expanded in September at the fastest rate in almost a year, returning the economy’s biggest segment to a steady growth path after a slump in the prior month.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index jumped to 57.1, the highest since October 2015 and exceeding all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s data showed Wednesday. The August reading of 51.4 was the lowest in more than six years.

    Measures of employment and orders led the advance, which signals that businesses that make up almost 90 percent of the economy see enough demand to keep expanding. The group’s factory survey released Monday showed manufacturers also made up some ground last month, suggesting that the slowdown in both ISM measures in August probably overstated softness in the U.S. expansion.

    “The consumer continues to put the economy on their back and they’re spending aggressively,” Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. “The key is going to be housing and the job market, and the housing market continues to move in the right direction and the job market’s doing very, very well.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-05/service-firms-in-u-s-rebound-to-best-expansion-in-11-months

    • October 05, 2016

      Remarks by the First Lady at the White House Kitchen Garden Dedication

      The White House Kitchen Garden

      4:07 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Hello everyone, I am so — I’m beyond thrilled. I’m probably as emotional as everybody sitting in this garden to be here with you today as we officially dedicate our White House Kitchen Garden.

      People look at my daughters, and they see how time has flown by. And then I look at Tammy. And I remember Tammy to the day because she — her face is the same, but you did absolutely grow. (Laughter.) And you’ve matured is what you’ve done. You have grown into such a poised, gracious young lady. And I know your mother is proud. It’s just been a complete honor to have you by my side on this project. So, Tammy, thank you. (Applause.)

      Oh, my goodness. I also want to say a few huge thank yous to a few more people — to the folks from the Burpee Foundation and the W. Atlee Burpee Company for their generous support of the National Park Foundation to preserve this garden for the future. And I want to recognize the Whole Kids Foundation for making this day possible. And what a beautiful day it is. This has been the garden’s luck, right? It rained all week and we were on pins and needles that we’d have to do this inside. And this is a perfect day — a perfect day.

      And of course, I want to thank all the students and the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Architecture who did such an incredible job in designing the magnificent new arbor, as well as the gathering area, the table, the benches that we’re unveiling here today. This is my first time seeing it. I was in the garden last week, and everything was being dug up. I’ve only seen pictures. But this, you all, is amazing. It is really amazing — the representation, the work, the fact that you guys are homegrown students in this area, it really just warms my heart. You should be incredibly proud of the work you’ve done.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/05/remarks-first-lady-white-house-kitchen-garden-dedication

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  4. Marine vet hopes to fulfill “lifelong dream” after double arm transplant

    October 5, 2016 cbs

    Two years ago, John Peck, a Marine who lost all four limbs to an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010, learned he might not have to rely on prosthetic arms for the rest of his life.

    “This dude, Sgt. John Peck — what, what! — just got listed for a double arm transplant,” Peck said.

    “These things, like, suck,” he had said, holding up his prosthetic hand. “I mean they are horrible.”

    This summer Peck was wheeled into an operating room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for a 14-hour surgery, reports CBS News correspondent David Martin. Packed in ice chests, arms from a young man who had been declared brain dead 36 hours earlier were rushed in to be attached to Peck’s stumps. Dr. Simon Talbot led a team of 60 surgeons, nurses and technicians.

    “Is there a moment of truth in these surgeries? The moment when you know you’ve succeeded in attaching that arm?” Martin asked him.

    “There’s a fabulous moment of truth. … That’s when blood can flow into this hand and you see it turn pink. And that’s the moment where you get butterflies and you know that this arm is actually back on, back alive again,” Talbot said.

    When Peck woke up the next day, he had someone else’s arms.

    Before he can use them, his own nerves have to grow down to his new fingertips — a slow and sometimes agonizing process.

    “As those nerves grow back, sometimes they can give unusual sensations to people, sensations like electric shocks and sensations like burning,” Talbot said.

    “There was one night in the ICU, I was crying. I was in a lot of pain, even through all the meds I was on. I contemplated calling the doctor and being like, ‘Look, doctor, I can’t handle this pain right now. You gotta take these arms off me,’” Peck said.

    He withstood the pain and is now in his second month of rehabilitation with his medical team, constantly checking for any sign that his body might be rejecting his new arms.

    “Any day my body can say, nope, not having it. And then go back to Brigham and get my arms re-amputated even higher than I was before,” Peck said.

    For now the arms are in braces to protect them from strain, and it could be a year before he has sensation in his fingers.

    “It’s very different having to kind of relearn, right? Because you learned with the prosthetic, and you got that down, and now you’ve got these arms back and you kind of got to relearn how to use them,” Peck’s therapist said.

    For more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/double-arm-transplant-marine-veteran-john-peck/

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