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Obstacles Abundant for Health Insurance Coverage in Rural Nebraska and Rural Montana

Two new Center for Rural Affairs reports examine health insurance coverage in rural Nebraska and rural Montana, the two states where we do much of our health care work. Based on recently released county data from the US Census Bureau, we found more rural residents under 65 in both states are without health insurance.

New Farm Microloan Program from USDA

The US Department of Agriculture has established a microloan program targeted at helping small farm operators. Microloans of up to $35,000 will be available. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the program is “designed to help bolster family-run farms and help disadvantaged farmers and military veterans seeking to start a farm,” according to the Associated Press.

Amazing Opportunity for Livestock Enthusiasts Awaits

An established direct-market meat operation is seeking renters in Oregon’s Central Willamette Valley.

Rainshadow El Rancho is a 120-acre ranch raising and selling bison, pork, and poultry directly to consumers. The operation includes a USDA-approved poultry processing plant used to process the ranch’s birds and birds for other producers. 

Two large barns are included on the property. Livestock handling corrals include a squeeze chute. And an established small orchard and room for a large garden cap off the ranch.

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