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Friday 09/22/2017
Tomatoes: A delicious vegetable for all
Posted: September 22, 2017

Tomatoes could kill us — they are members of the poisonous nightshade plant family — but instead tomatoes have become a favorite food for people around the world. If we eat enough tomatoes, I suppose they could harm us, but so would peppers and eggplants, which also belong to the nightshade family.

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Friday 09/15/2017
Behavioral health is an important part of farm safety
Posted: September 15, 2017

National Farm Safety and Health Week takes place this year Sept. 17-23. This annual presidential proclamation isn’t just for farmers, it’s for everyone.

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Friday 09/08/2017
People who serve distressed farmers seek emotional support and respite
Posted: September 08, 2017

“Compassion fatigue” describes how providers of services to people going through disasters feel when they become weary of assisting the people affected by trauma.

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Friday 09/01/2017
Disasters require coping with stress
Posted: September 01, 2017

The current drought in about a third of America’s most productive agricultural regions and too much rain in other areas are sparking stress and concern about the emotional wellbeing of producers, even though there are more forms of economic assistance to farmers and ranchers.

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Thursday 08/24/2017
Drought hurts farmers less — but still hurts their economic base
Posted: August 24, 2017

Drought is occurring in many U.S. agricultural regions this year, such as parts of the Northwest, the northern High Plains and the Midwest, including my locale in western Iowa.

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Friday 08/18/2017
Farming and health care in Italy compare favorably to U.S.
Posted: August 18, 2017

Italy experiences many of the same dilemmas as the U.S. in health care, agriculture and politics. Marilyn and I spent 12 days in Italy recently, accompanying students in her International Healthcare course, which she teaches with another faculty member at Clarkson College.

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Friday 08/11/2017
Lessons in humility, acceptance occur in the funniest situations
Posted: August 11, 2017

Last Sunday, my 4-year-old granddaughter, Layla, caught more fish than me again, like she did two months ago when we visited a farm pond. My reputation as a highly skilled fly-fisherman is at stake.

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Friday 08/04/2017
Options exist to improve health insurance for rural residents
Posted: August 04, 2017

Thus far, all the Congressional legislative proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) worsened health insurance for rural and farm residents, including the proposal that was defeated in the U.S. Senate July 28.

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