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Gallup Poll Shows Sharp Drop in the Uninsured Rate

Gallup, the polling and survey organization, recently reported on the nation’s uninsured rate since enrollment in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces began. The overall uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014 (after the initial open enrollment period of the ACA) fell to an historical low.

It was the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008. (In the third quarter of 2013, just before the health insurance marketplaces opened, the national uninsured rate was the highest ever.)

Moving Rural America Forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still -- and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Helping to Overcome Barriers to Latino Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Despite the booming increase of Hispanics and Latinos in Nebraska, a strange phenomenon occurred between 2002 and 2007. A significant number of farmers and ranchers with Hispanic and Latino origins fled the agricultural sector.

We asked ourselves: Why has Nebraska been unable to integrate this new generation of Hispanics and Latinos into the agricultural sector as stakeholders? After all, they had been migrating to and settling in the state since the 1980’s.

Compassion and Care Reflect the Best Human Values

I was four when mom fell and cut her leg while gardening. After that, she had trouble walking. What I didn’t understand at the time was that rheumatoid arthritis had been slowly creeping into her joints for years. She was on her way to becoming bedridden.

Thus I began learning my way around the kitchen at age five. When I started school a year later, it was my responsibility to walk the two blocks home during lunch period and prepare a meal for mom.

Sustainable Farming Ideas and Resources Offered for Veterans

Missouri's Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Center for Rural Affairs will host an informational session for Veterans at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The session, Sustainable Farming Ideas and Resources for Veterans, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) It will be held at the Lorenzo J. Green Building on 900 Leslie Boulevard in Jefferson City.

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