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ISSUE DATE: 07/16/2012

Championing access to health care

By Larry Dreiling

The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act means plenty of challenges are still ahead in the area of health care policy as enacting rules are issued toward the law's 2014 effective date.

While policymakers address those challenges in Washington and in state capitals (where insurance exchanges must be established), providers and consumers are left with questions and ongoing challenges to access to health care.

Those challenges are as acute in rural America as in big cities, and bring their own set of issues.

It's being left to people in local communities to find ways to meet those challenges head-on and adapt solutions that meet specific needs.

Recognized as a national leader in rural health care is Chrysanne Grund, project director of the Greeley County Health Services, based out of Tribune, Kan. Last year, Grund, was named one of 10 recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award. The award honors exceptional men and women who have overcome significant obstacles to tackle some of the most challenging health and health care problems facing their communities.


AFBF: USDA reports show that focus remains on weather
Canada invited to join Trans-Pacific Partnership
Championing access to health care
EPA holds outreach meeting to discuss CAFO inspection activities
Expert: Community involvement helps keep teens from trouble
FSA acreage reporting deadline quickly approaching
House Aggies release farm bill draft
NMSU resource informs consumers about food safety, recalls
Oklahoma State names DASNR associate dean
OSU TV program SUNUP honored
Protect American agriculture by not packing a pest
Support continues for areas suffering from wildfires
UNL, Brazilian university sign exchange agreement
USCA disappointed in House Appropriations Committee action
USDA declares 82 Kansas counties as federal disaster areas
USDA funds rural electric infrastructure


AFA announces new board members
Colorado Ag Leadership Program seeks applicants for Class 11
Dirt, Denim & Diamonds Conference planned
Drought puts corn pollination process in jeopardy
Emma returns to the road with Misener crew
Emma returns to the road with Misener crew
Extension offers drought resources
Hoffman Harvesting moves into South Dakota
Many areas backsliding into drought
Maximize yields with a balanced-nutrient plan
More crop from every drop
MU ag prof inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame
NMSU Extension to host marketing workshop series
Osowski crew cutting in Nebraska
Private pesticide applicator license training set for Aug. 9
Rainwater harvesting seminar scheduled July 28
Roland Harvesting teaches visitors about harvest
Scouting for insects in sunflower
Sorghum Checkoff launches 'Leadership Sorghum' program
Sorghum Checkoff launches 'Leadership Sorghum' program
Zeorianautting in Colorado and celebrate holiday with Jenna


Age may not trump herd improvement
American Royal adds feeder calf show
AQHA announces judges for 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show
AQHA offering color coat testing
CCA welcomes T. Wright Dickinson as new president
Champions selected at Western Junior Limousin Show, Western Limousin Expo
Egg yolk loaded with antibodies boosts poultry's immunity
Experts: Texas cattle deaths an isolated event
Heifer International receives $8M for East Africa Dairy Development project
Industry leaders gather for USMEF meeting
Kansas cowboy pictured on rodeo's collectible belt buckles
Kansas High School Rodeo Finals determines national team
NCBA supports highway bill
Nebraska Cattlemen Board holds policy meeting
New award for 13 & under competitors at AQHYA world show
Red Angus juniors attend Round-Up Florida Fantastic
Rodeo stampedes into Abilene
Tentative schedule for Ford Youth World online
USDA to expand testing for drug residues in meat


New drugs take over rural America
Paths forward
USFRA responds to inaccuracies in Loos column


Dark and stormy mornings
Data-driven farming
Heat wave scorches crops, generates new farm bill concerns
I found the real villain
Just a scoop full
New class of chemistry controls weeds
Raising livestock is good for the soul


Aberdeen cattle sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Dodge City livestock sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Extreme drought creates bleak growing climate
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Grain bids sharply higher
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
High temps, little precipitation dominate
Hot, dry weather continues
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock market report
More heat, limited rain to contend with
Most hay classes trading steady
Much needed moisture received
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture levels decline
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
With little or no moisture crop conditions decline


Grazing Lands Conference scheduled
Treating forage with ammonia


Berry sweet endings
Bon Bini has a contemporary look
Final Colorado Roadless Rule is complete
Guthrie, Okla.--Victorian and visionary
Helpful household tips
Inspired ideas to change up your chicken dishes
Jackrabbits By Joe Kreger
Keeping the green in putting greens
K-State, Fort Riley team to build greenhouse for 'wounded warriors'
K-Stater serving international youth programs
Leaf loss means tree stress
Pick the perfect watermelon from the vine
Preserving the harvest
Saving the lawn with less water
Study: 4-Hers are 3 times more likely to contribute to communities
Summer lawn care

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