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ISSUE DATE: 09/26/2011

Rural health care for seniors at a crossroads

By Larry Dreiling

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, better known as the "super committee" is preparing to meet. In those meetings, the 12-member panel has been charged by Congress and the White House to reduce the 10-year budget deficit another $1.5 trillion by November.

Those meetings could make or break the ability of many in rural America to receive proper health care.

That's because if Congress rejects or President Barack Obama vetoes the super committee's proposed budget reduction package, spending would be cut by $1.2 trillion automatically, including 2 percent across-the-board cuts to all Medicare providers. Benefit cuts and cost sharing for the ever-rising number of rural seniors are excluded.

What that means is physicians must provide the same level of services to their Medicare patients but do so for 98 cents on the current government dollar--a dollar that is already below actual costs.


NEWS

'A Matter of Balance' classes offered
Ag Hall of Fame to host 'Trick or Treat on the Farm'
Ag trade report available
America Needs Farmers Game Day celebrates farmers
Blue-green algae a danger for people, pets
Bright spots
College Aggies Online competition encourages 'agvocacy'
Collins Enterprise offers Redline Post Drivers
Community banks receive $2.7M
Digital cameras open new view of America's West
FSA reminds producers of disaster assistance deadlines
Funding to improve 911, emergency services in rural America
Global Soil Partnership launches
Governor, ag secretary host Taiwan trade delegation
Hearing technology workshops scheduled
Kansas Farm Bureau hosts annual breakfast at state fair
Moran flood insurance relief bill approved by committee
Pig app now available for BlackBerry
Rural Development funds renewable energy projects
Rural health care for seniors at a crossroads
SI Precast storm shelters qualify for FEMA reimbursement
Turkey expands horizons for LeadAR class members
USDA announces funding for rural development
USDA funds wind turbine projects
USDA report outlines food insecurity in America
USMEF publishes export guidelines for Mexico

CROPS

Aflatoxin continues to be a concern in feed
Ag research tour features green roofs, trial plots
Analysts expect lower corn, soybean estimates
Assess effectiveness of weed management program
Avoid over-dried corn
Bioenergy Field Day set for Oct. 6 at Rohwer
Buyers see improved quality for soft red winter wheat
Check grain sorghum for stalk rot
Colorado Corn supports passage of H.R. 872 in Senate
Conservation Innovation Grants awarded
Conservation tour set for Oct. 11
Cost-share program offered for organic producers
Delayed soybean pod set may result in lower yields
GrassWorks Weed Wiper is a weed control system
K-State offers fall events
K-State to lead large-scale water quality study
NASS forecasts near-record corn, rice crops
Nov. 15 is cutoff date for EQIP, WHIP applications
Ozark Fall Farmfest offers something for everyone
Philippine milling team visits U.S.
Record grain prices expected through 2012
Researchers use enzyme to improve grain ethanol production
Safety net helps farmers cope with dry planting conditions
Sea Minerals provide nutrients to soil for big yields at low cost
Second pigweed infestation possible
Sorghum Field Day set for Sept. 27
Soybean producers committed to feeding the world
Specialist: Early planting could result in 'catastrophic' failure
Stink bugs blitz rice fields
Tucker & Sons offers overhead grain bins and more
Using chicken litter as fertilizer, nematode control
Using less water to grow more potatoes
Using radishes, turnips as cover crops
Using wheat seed treatments
Wheat Field Days Yield Contest winners named
World Food Prize laureate to open UNL lecture series

LIVESTOCK

4-H Foundation Trail Ride is Oct. 7 to 9
AgriLife Extension hires sheep and goat assistant
Auctioneers battle for spot in World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
Blattner features 'The All Around' squeeze chutes
Cattle producers preparing for long winter battle
Cattlemen plan bus tour to Ratcliff Ranch
Cattlemen's Beef Board hires Polly Ruhland as CEO
CDA encourages comment on animal disease traceability system
Certified Angus Beef awards first MBA program degrees
Choosing the right pipe for your fencing needs
Cow culling may continue this fall
Croatians visit Kansas beef operations
Dairy farmers seek assistance
Dairy producers asked to decrease production
Federation of state beef councils moves to increase national funding
Feedlot to host IRM Pen of 5 Program
Flying H Genetics offers Grown On Grass bulls
Food System Summit to feature animal welfare panel
Gelbvieh adds value when feeding cattle
Green's Welding and Sales offers all-metal feed bunks
Groups will host meetings on beef checkoff
Heartland Goat Expo set for Oct. 14 and 15
Hereford juniors elect officers
Iowa Cattlemen's Association names new CEO
Jersey marketing, management awards offered
July beef, pork exports continue to surge
Junior Livestock Sale brings in over $400K
Kansas Simmental Association to host feeder calf sale
Maximize value of 2011 calf crop
Meat Industry Hall of Fame names Bill Kurtis as keynote speaker
Miles of Smiles to host Walk and Whoa Ball
Morgan County Fair holds carcass contests
NBS Progeny Test winners announced
NCBA urges swift finalization of trade agreements
OCA's Range Round-Up sets record
Planning for parasite protection
PORK Tailgate Challenges to be held at Iowa football games
PQA Plus Advisor certification session offered
Producers consider selling calves early
Protocols boost cattle quality, add value to beef
Research shows timed breeding produces uniform, high-value calves
Researchers uncover genetic link to cattle diseases
Sheep industry awards open for nominations
Survey shows effects of drought on cattle herds
Symposium will focus on producing high-quality beef for global market
UNL refocusing dairy research
Western Farm Show to host NCBA livestock demonstrations
Youth learn about beef industry
Youth sharpen skills at Livestock Sweepstakes

EDITOR

Bad 'signs' for U.S. agriculture
Fair share
If you're not for us, you're against us

COLUMNS

Hopefully the mend will begin
Just a scoop full
President Obama unveils details of how he would cut the farm safety net
The dreaded tomato hornworm

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado livestock auction summary
Cool temperatures and precipitation improve conditions
Cool, misty weather provides needed moisture
Corn harvest in full swing
Crop development slowed by cooler temps
Denison livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids mostly lower
Harvest continued, record low temperatures recorded
Hay trade moderate
Hay trading moderate to active in some areas
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Montana spring wheat harvest progresses
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Rain hinders harvest and planting
Rainfall improves topsoil conditions
Rainfall not sufficient to negate drought conditions
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Springfield livestock market report
Storms bring mixed results
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Texas crops receive needed rainfall
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm conditions prevail
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Extended drought raises potential health issues
Feeding high nitrate feeds to beef animals
Follow wise hay buying tips
Forage Systems Research Center to host field day
Grazing school delivers grassroots education
Keeping hay feeding losses to a minimum
Livestock producers hope to capitalize on lower temps, rain
Managing with short hay supplies
Martin Manufacturing offers Revolator Bale Beds
Minimize prussic acid poisoning risk
OSU demonstrates benefits of removing redcedar
Some pastures could take years to recover
Stockpiling of fescue pasture is vital for winter use

FAMILY

4-H, Tractor Supply Company partner for youth
4-Hers see need, establish food pantry
All fired up for flavor
Cool-season lawn planting and renovation
Dena has room to grow
End of the garden summer soups
Extension offers brown bag seminars this fall
Extension to host Forestry Field Day Oct. 11
Fall is the time to plant trees and shrubs
Follow safe food handling recommendations
Get your car's motor running
Grow cool-season vegetables until first frost
Hazelnut field day is Oct. 1
Kansas included in cantaloupe recall
Keeping fruits, vegetables safe
Landscape strategies workshop is Sept. 29
Learn to make compost
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Meditation for 9-26-11
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations
National Western Stock Show tickets on sale
NMSU's science center to host free jujube workshop
OSU researchers awarded grant for quail research
Pine, spruce and fir trees suffer
Plan ahead if using wood as heating fuel
Pruning shrubs
Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick
Top cowboys hope to rope world title
Turf and Landscape Field Day set for Oct. 4 to 5
Wired for Wind

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