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What is Right for Nebraska's Energy Future?

I attended what was supposed to be a community energy meeting in Norfolk, Neb., last Tuesday evening. It seemed to be more like a salesmen's pitch on how electricity produced with coal, nuclear power or natural gas is the customer's "best buy." The panelists' main defense, as always, is the "economics" or the current dollar cost of producing electricity.

Sadly only one hour was allotted for the event. The panelists took up most of the time making their pitch, hardly reserving any time for the public to participate.

Rural Behavioral and Mental Health Still Overlooked

In 2009 I co-authored a Center for Rural Affairs’ report detailing the critical, but overlooked, need for mental and behavioral health services in rural areas.

The report tied inadequate rural mental and behavioral health care services to a lack of affordable, meaningful health insurance coverage. It concluded this “problem must be addressed for prosperous rural families, economies and communities.”

Despite adoption of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, rural America still lacks mental and behavioral health services. Rural residents have a higher percentage of all categories of mental illnesses, from a serious mental illness to psychological distress to major depression. Nearly one-in-five rural residents experience some mental illness.

Dairy Council Grant Funds Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Initiatives in Schools

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a student-led wellness initiative that is a partnership between the Dairy Council and the National Football League. It offers many wellness resources to schools, including Farm to School resources.

Schools can learn more about our Midwest Dairy Association Farm to School resources here. You’ll find a short, fun video about dairy farming (highly recommended!). Lots of other Dairy Farm Facts are available too. You can even request a dairy farmer to visit your school!

How Does Health Insurance Affect Farmers and Ranchers?

That's a question a team of researchers and extension specialists are asking farmers and ranchers in 10 states. Team members are seeking 120 farmers and ranchers to interview about the unique health insurance needs of farm families.

If you are a farmer or rancher in Washington, California, Utah, Nebraska, Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Vermont, or Massachusetts, you could participate in this paid research study and help shape rural health policy.

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