Reduced Stigma Regarding Farmer Mental Health

A new poll suggests farmers and people in rural America are more comfortable discussing stress and mental health challenges. The stigma around seeking help or treatment for mental health issues is decreasing, but according to the new Farm Bureau research poll, it’s still a factor. “Farm Bureau has been encouraging conversations to help reduce the […]

Grange Looks To Recapture Its Voice

President of the National Grange, Betsy Huber, says the organization is looking to recapture its role as the voice of rural America. During the 155th Annual Session last month in Wichita, KS, Huber pointed out that a couple of generations ago the Grange was the premier advocacy group in D.C. “With modern times there’s so […]

New Report Finds Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs

A new report finds only 11% of rural children across America are enrolled in an afterschool program. For every rural child in an afterschool program, four more are waiting to get in. The report, Spiking Demand, Growing Barriers, is based on a household survey conducted by Edge Research for the Afterschool Alliance. It finds a […]

Rural America Reminded To Get Vaccinated This Holiday Season

Rural vaccination rates against COVID-19 are behind those among urban residents. Dr. C.K. Babcock is a Clinical Associate Professor at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He says data from September shows that rural residents are still getting hit hard by COVID-19. “Rural areas have been hit really hard, and part of that is because […]

USDA Investing $633 Million for Rural Climate-Smart Infrastructure

The USDA is investing $633 million to reduce the impacts of climate change on rural communities. “Rural America is on the front lines of climate change, and our communities deserve investments that will strengthen all of our resilience,” said Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This investment will create a roadmap on how we can tackle the […]

New Organization Looks To Focus On Mental Health Issues In Rural America

A new nonprofit organization focuses on mental health in rural America. Just launched, Rural Minds provides rural Americans with expanded access to existing mental health service organizations and addresses the importance of overcoming the stigma around mental health challenges. Founder and chairman Jeff Winton says inspiration for the organization came from a tragedy in his […]

Epidemiologist: Rural Communities Continue To Get Hit Hard By COVID

In September, rural counties across the country reported a higher number of COVID-19 cases compared to their urban and suburban counterparts. As farmers and ranchers are busy this fall, they don’t exactly have time to be sick, there’s crops to harvest, livestock to care for and community events—all equally important to rural communities. Dr. Neil […]

Rural Residents Reminded To Watch For Scams During Open Enrolment

Medicare open enrollment started Friday, a critical health insurance program for elder rural residents. AARP’s Sean Voskuhl said it’s important for rural residents to review their Medicare plan each year to find potential costs savings. “One of the most important health decisions you can make is enrolling in Medicare. Whether you’re enrolling in Medicare for […]