Rural Opioids: Employees with a Problem That’s Hard to Beat – DTN

🕔Jan 3, 2019The signs were alarming. The once physically fit employee in his 30s, who was usually prompt and hardworking, began showing up late to work back in 2014 at Midwest Poultry […]

Rural Opioids: 1 Town + 3,000 People = 20.8 Million Pills in 10 Years – DTN

🕔Dec 27, 2018The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and wholesale drug distributors contributed to the worsening opioid addiction epidemic in West Virginia, a new Congressional report on an 18-month investigation concluded, by not […]

Opioid Use: Rural America Is Key Battlefront – DTN

🕔Dec 18, 2018Pandora’s box was an artifact from Greek mythology. In Greek poet Hesiod’s “Works and Days,” Pandora’s box was a large jar given to Pandora that contained all of the world’s […]

Farm Bill 2018: Assessing the Pulse of the Next Debate

🕔Jul 28, 2017Thirteen agricultural economists put together short papers describing issues that will surface during the writing of the next farm bill. For each issue, the author describes the “policy setting” and […]

Rural Cost-of-Living, Farm Labor – Higher Wages Don’t Mean Higher Standard of Living

🕔Jul 28, 2017Differences in the cost of living across U.S. complicates ongoing farm labor challenges. Farm industry groups, agricultural media, and even the popular press have covered declining availability of farmworkers as […]

Farm Living: Pricey Internet and Lack of Health Insurance – Future Not Promising

🕔Jul 28, 2017In a recent article, our colleague Alan Guebert wrote that he had to pay “$170 per month [for] rural internet and telephone service compared to $50 per month for both” […]

Rural America “Stranded in the Dial-Up Age” – Rural Broadband Issues

🕔Jun 19, 2017Last month, a Wall Street Journal article provided an in-depth look at a variety of statistical indicators from rural America in an article titled, “Rural America is the New, ‘Inner City.’”   […]

Rural Living – Statistics Paint An Unhealthy Picture – CDC

🕔Jan 12, 2017A new CDC study demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts. In 2014, many deaths among rural […]

Ag in Politics: Infrastructure Upgrade Ahead? Here’s Hoping – DTN

🕔Nov 17, 2016Rural America should take some encouragement that President-elect Donald Trump could invest in the nation’s infrastructure, including roads and bridges in rural areas, the head of the Soy Transportation Coalition […]

Kansas: Ag Heritage Park – A Walk Through Rural History

🕔Apr 6, 2016“Heritage.” It’s defined as “the traditions, achievements, beliefs, etc. that are part of the history of a group or nation.” Today we’ll learn about a farm family which is celebrating […]

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