Rural Opioids: Employees with a Problem That’s Hard to Beat – DTN Jan 3, 2019

🕔Jan 3, 2019
The 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, 2018

🕔Dec 27, 2018
The 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, 2018

🕔Dec 18, 2018
Pandora’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, 2017

🕔Jul 28, 2017
Thirteen 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, 2017

🕔Jul 28, 2017
Differences 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, 2017

🕔Jul 28, 2017
In 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, 2017

🕔Jun 19, 2017
Last 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, 2017

🕔Jan 12, 2017
A 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, 2016

🕔Nov 17, 2016
Rural 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

🕔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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