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Rural America Paradox...................... page 3 Cuba Market Tour............................... page 4 Flood of Regulations.......................... page 5

AITC Rendezvous............................... page 6 Farm Safety...................................... page 11 Local Foods...................................... page 12

Teacher Open House & Candidate Forums........................................................ Back Cover



Flying Old Glory

FROM THE BACK PORCH by David Sadler, President Vermilion County Farm Bureau As I’m writing this, the temperature hit 51 degrees. I’ve worn a jacket these past few mornings it’s been so cool. Not very long ago it was twice that and had been for days and days. Heat that stifles everything – especially when you throw in the infamous Midwest humidity. No dry heat here, brother. No sir, moisture levels so high it literally knocks your socks off when you step out the back door. And believe me, there are other things you’d rather have ‘knock your socks off’. Humidity so high you can actually see it in the air. Record heat, coupled with record lack of rain, has done a number on livestock and crops all across the country. Herds are thinned from lack of water, scarcity of hay and high-priced grain. As a result, crops are dam-

aged for the fortunate, albeit in varying degrees, while completely lost for the unlucky. This extreme weather will cause a ripple effect that will be felt for years; question is, how many? Here’s an amazing fact: widespread crop damage plus continued loss of available acres for crop production still equals a top-ten corn crop in bushels. Amazing, indeed.

This summer’s heat has been equally hard on people. Cooling shelters have been packed. Electric bills have skyrocketed while many of our elderly have suffered at home. I’ll let you insert your heat-related memories here while I relate mine. Growing up without air conditioning, or even electricity for that matter, wasn’t memo-

It was a peachy day on August 1st when more than 330 boxes of fresh, juicy southern Illinois peaches were picked up by members who placed orders. In this pic, Dennis Smith carries out a box for a customer while Bryan Darr (hidden), Mark Willard and David Sadler prepare another order. 2

State Rep. Chad Hays met recently with the Legislative and Local Affairs Committee to recap the 2012 State Legislative session. At the meeting, he presented Vermilion County Farm Bureau with a U.S. flag that had flown over the State Capitol. Accepting the flag from Rep. Hays (c) is committee chairman Mike Marron as President David Sadler looks on. rable for me. Hot, sultry nights weren’t pleasant but we survived. Windows were always open to catch any available breeze; doors, too. Remember that screen door Mom was always hollering about not letting slam on the way out? Riding in the back of a pickup truck or sticking your hands and/or feet out the car window both worked nicely to cool off. Sitting on the veranda, fanning yourself and sipping mint juleps, was not only a treat but a necessity. Ok, I’m romanticizing things a bit. Substitute “porch” and “iced tea”. Better? Linda and I were still living in that era when we got married, so much so that we didn’t budget for central air when we built our house. We realized our mistake when our son came along in May of ’76. He suffered from the heat rash all that summer. We couldn’t keep him comfortable, no matter the effort, even though he and his mother lived in the basement most of the time. We thought all the windows we had carefully researched the design and placement of would be enough. But when, one windy day, a blind blew over a lamp,

the last straw was reached and a contractor was hired. Ironically, for one reason or another, the windows have been closed ever since. Good? Bad? Don’t know, just is.

Now to move from the past into the present to talk about the future. Linda and I are blessed with three wonderful grandchildren, all girls, with one on the way (probably another girl). That’s okay, the all girls part. I’ve resigned myself to that fact because I don’t understand women quite yet and need the practice. Grandkids are wondrous creatures, more so than regular kids. Because you don’t see them every minute of every day, you notice the fascinating body part du jour or how much their faces have changed or how much more animated or expressive they’ve become in between visits. Baby sitting is both rewarding and exhausting and sometimes – no many times – it’s hard to determine which. The alternative, though, like everything else in life, is unimaginable. And that’s putting it mildly. BOOSTER

On the cover…

The Great Rural America Paradox

The cover photo provided by Jerry Hobick shows his father Elmer Hobick (left) and uncle Laurel Hobick (right) scooping grain in a wagon in 1939 or the early 1940’s (the Farmall H was first built in 1939).

Rural America has become viewed by a growing number of Americans as having a higher quality of life – not because of what it has, but rather because of what it does not have, like traffic, crime and crowds. This sentiment can be seen in the growing number of urban transplants that have made their way toward greener and more spacious pastures.

Farm work has always been hard, sometimes back-breaking work.

While the hot, dry weather may limit the amount of grain harvested this year, there will still be a harvest this fall. And equipment will be on the roads. See Page 11 for information on National Farm Safety & Health Week. BOOSTER Published Bi-monthly by the VERMILION COUNTY FARM BUREAU Kerry Wienke, Editor 1905-C U.S. Route 150 Danville, Illinois 61832 Phone (217) 442-8713 OFFICE HOURS Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. OFFICERS President................................David Sadler Vice-President........................ Mark Willard Secretary...................................Bruce Darr Treasurer...............................Dennis Smith STAFF Executive Director..................Kerry Wienke Director of Information...............Tom Fricke Office Secretary...................Nancy Duncan Ag Literacy Coordinator.......... Staci Walker DIRECTORS District 1 Garrett Douglass David Heckerson Matt Willard

Rick James Mark Willard

District 2 Mark Crawford Doug Cunningham Greg Cunningham

Kevin Kemna Steve Lane

Alan Chesnut Bryan Darr Dennis Smith

District 3

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But, while many Americans equate living in the country with a simpler way of life, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that poverty in rural America is increasing, while opportunity continues to decline because of limited education, health care and broadband services. So, rural America being defined by what it does not have can also be a negative. It’s the great rural America paradox. The lack of technology, infrastructure and even basic services presents major challenges for rural citizens. This is evident in rural classrooms, where nearly one in four U.S. kids attends school. Struggling rural school districts are grappling with teacher retention and lack of education technology that their urban counterparts take for granted, while seeing enrollment that is growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in America. Top this off with increasing rural poverty that 41 percent of rural students live in daily, as well as an increasing number of students with special needs. There’s a misconception that rural America and

On The Road Seminar – Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau’s transportation specialist, (second from left) presented his “On the Road” Truck Seminar the end of July. He reviewed the latest rules regarding CDL licenses and UCR & USDOT number requirements. He’s shown answering questions from some of the crowd following his presentation.

schools are stable and financially secure. But, they face every challenge that urban schools do, and more. That’s why Farm Bureau is supporting the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act which is up for reauthorization. This year alone, rural communities stand to lose more than $346 mil-

lion for improvements to public schools and other valuable infrastructure and stewardship projects. Failing to reauthorize this bill jeopardizes the economies and education systems of more than 780 already-struggling rural counties and school districts in 41 states. Teachers aren’t going to remain in rural areas without

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Calendar of Events

August 22...........................IFB Young Leaders Discussion Meet August 23...........................................................Farm-City Event August 28-30............................................... Farm Progress Show Sept 3........................................ OFFICE CLOSED – Labor Day Sept 4......................................Ag in the Classroom Open House Sept 4-6..................................................IFB Bike Ride for AITC Sept 20............................................................Board of Directors Oct 8................................... OFFICE CLOSED – Columbus Day Oct 11.............................................................. Candidates Forum Oct 18..............................................................Board of Directors Oct 25.............................................................. Candidates Forum Nov 27.................................................... County Annual Meeting Dec 1-4.........................................................IFB Annual Meeting For further information on any of these activities, contact the Vermilion County Farm Bureau office at (217) 442-8713 or visit us on the web at



Connecting with Customers Illinois Farm Bureau hosts annual Market Study Tour to Cuba with 18 farmers participating, including Oakwood area farmer Kevin Green. The Illinois Farm Bureau’s Market Study Tours are conducted to promote the strengthening agricultural trade relations and explore sales opportunities with the nations visited. This year’s trip went to Cuba June 28 – July 2.

“Restoring normal trade relations with Cuba is an important step in furthering Illinois farmers’ abilities to market their produce, including grains, meat and dairy products,” is how Tamara Nelsen, senior director of commodities for the Illinois Farm Bureau, describes the trip. “Agriculture has been a bright spot in our nation’s – and our state’s – economy during the recent downturn. Improving our trade relations with Cuba will only help to ensure agriculture can continue to strengthen our state and national economies.”

Kevin Green was the fifth Vermilion County Farm Bureau member to participate in the IFB’s Market Study Tour program. He said that “the exportation of agricultural products

from Illinois is a fact of life, and is an important component in our country’s balance of trade.” He participated in the program to learn more about how we could expand those exports. Green noted that “products from Illinois that could be exported to Cuba, include corn (meal, oil, & ethanol by-products), soybeans (oil & meal), eggs, dairy products, beef, pork, chicken, and other foods. With Cuba being only 90 miles from our shore, transportation cost would be minimal, giving us a price advantage over our competitors.” Stops on the trip included visits with the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, the Foreign Trade Ministry, ALIMPORT (the state run food importing company), Industrial Molinera de la Havana (a state-of-the-art flour mill), a farmers’ market, the Ministry of Agriculture, Alamar Urban Gardens (locally grown food), a cooperative education facility, and a food preservation school for locally grown foods. Several



Green during his time on the island nation.“There exists two completely separate money systems, one for tourists, and one for the Cuban citizens. The regular peso is valued at 1/24th of the tourist peso. Virtually everyone connected with the tourist trade speaks English.” Green observed that Cuba is no longer a strict Communist state.“It is a socialist government, and free trade/ supply and demand economics are becoming more common. The people are very friendly, and welcome American tourists.” The Oakwood area farmer did have some brief time to take in the sights. “One afternoon we walked through an urban park in Havana, that not only provided recreation, but is part of a wa-

ter control/urban environmental project.”

Kevin, is also a scuba instructor, but didn’t have time to check out the local dive opportunities. “One morning I had a chance to go snorkeling, experiencing clear, warm waters, and white sand beaches.” Their last evening was at the ‘Tropicana’, where they were treated to the club’s famous dance and song revue. So would Kevin Green return to Cuba?

“When people ask me ‘How was your trip?’, I always ask myself ‘Would I go back?’. This time, I would definitely answer yes.”

Some Facts about Cuba

• In 2008, it was publicly stated that 80% of Cuba’s total food supply was imported. • Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba was producing 8 million tons of raw sugar a year. By 2010, this was down to only 1.2 million tons. • Beginning in 2000, U.S. firms could sell food and medicine to Cuba as a humanitarian gesture. But all U.S. exports to Cuba must be shipped under cashin-advance terms – payment must be received by the U.S. exporter before title to the goods is transferred to Cuba. • An estimated $1.25 billion is lost annually in agricultural exports due to travel and trade restrictions with Cuba. • Removal of U.S. travel and financial restrictions would increase Illinois agricultural exports to Cuba by $6.6 million annually; a 15% increase from Illinois exports to Cuba in 2009.

Have you heard the stories about old cars in Cuba? Well, Kevin Green shows us it’s true, as he’s seen in this 1957 Chevy used as a taxi in Havana. He’s shown with his driver, Raoul, on Green’s birthday while on the Market Study Tour. 4

• Cuba’s population is approximately 11,075,244; with a growth rate of -0.115%. The Cuban government predicts population will remain in steady decline through 2020. BOOSTER

owners are up in arms about the guidance document for numerous reasons other than the challenging and costly farm-level restrictions and permitting requirements they’ll face.

One little word can mean so much. In relation to the Clean Water Act, that word is “navigable,” and EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are trying to get rid of it. If they succeed, EPA will have the authority to regulate nearly every drop of water, and some dry land, too.

With this additional authority for EPA comes a likely deluge of regulations and permitting requirements for farmers, ranchers and other landowners. This is why the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the “Stop the Flood of Regulation” campaign.

EPA and the Corps are poised to finalize what’s known as a “guidance” document that would greatly expand EPA’s limited authority to write rules governing the protection of navigable waters.

First, the guidance document improperly changes the law and ignores lawmakers’ intentions when they passed the Clean Water Act decades ago. They never intended for the federal government to have the kind of control it is seeking over local bodies of water.

Farmers, ranchers and land-

Third, by forcing this change through a guidance document, rather than through the appropriate rule-making regulatory process, farmers and ranchers have no formal way to tell EPA how its actions will affect how they farm and ranch, or if they will be able to do it at all,

“Right now, EPA’s regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act is basically restricted to larger bodies of water and waterways that feed into those larger bodies,” explained Don Parrish, AFBF water quality specialist. “If the guidance document goes into effect, EPA officials would have the power to regulate even a roadside ditch that fills with water only after a good soaking, like Tropical Depression Debby.”

Second, the guidance document flies in the face of Supreme Court rulings that affirmed important limitations on the federal government’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

once the guidance document is in place. As part of Farm Bureau’s “Stop the Flood of Regulation” campaign, farmers are urging their senators and representatives to pass the Preserve the Waters of the U.S. Act (S. 2245 and H.R. 4965), which would prevent EPA from using the guidance document. They are also communicating with officials at EPA, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, USDA and anyone else in the administration who needs to hear about how devastating this guidance document could be to agriculture. To share your story and concerns, use the #stoptheflood hashtag on Twitter and the campaign’s Stop the Flood of Regulation Facebook page. If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Cody Lyon with at 202406-3736 or

Local Farms = Local Foods

This year’s Summer Ag Institute focused on local farms growing and providing local food items. The teachers toured a honey bee farm, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Leiding Meats, Pearson’s Melon Farm, Lingley Brothers, and many other local operations.

Here are comments from some of the 17 teachers who enjoyed the program: — “My knowledge, as well as my admiration, of agriculture-related careers was enhanced this week. I look forward to being more knowledgeable on these topics when working with my students.” — “A great experience! A great week!” — “I have driven by soybean fields all my life but I never really thought about how important they are.” Top Right: The 2012 Summer Ag Institute Class poses with Tom and Jane Sweeney (kneeling) at their hazelnut farm south of Hoopeston.

Bottom Right: The class checks out the cheese aging room at Ludwig Farmstead Creamery. Left: A steer on Garrett Douglass’ farm and a teacher check out each other during the 2012 Summer Ag Institute.



National Ag in the Classroom Conference Increases Awareness About Many Topics By Kammie Richter Kammie Richter, a teacher at Oakwood Jr. High School, was named the 2010 Illinois Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. She has attended the National Ag in the Classroom Conferences the last four years with Vermilion County Ag Literacy Coordinator Staci Walker. Teachers across America attend the National Ag In The Classsroom Conference each year to further their knowledge about agriculture in education. The past four years this conference has been held in Missouri, Maryland, and Florida. This year’s conference was held June 19-22 in Loveland, Colorado. Teachers and Ag Literacy Coordinators from Farm Bureau offices attend the annual AITC conference to learn more about how food gets from the farm to the table, as well as current issues facing each state. Conference speakers shed light on the history of the area, and pre and post conference tours highlighting the culture and landscape are available for an additional fee. Dinners are crafted so they reflect the cuisine and culture of the host state. Hallways of the hotel are lined with

numerous agricultural businesses, some with giveaway items for the classroom, or agriculturally themed silent auction items to bid on such as books, clothing, and a variety of goody-filled baskets. Each host state arranges things to their liking, so although each year is guaranteed to be different, some favorite things remain the same. The first day was devoted to workshops. Some of the general topics attendees were able to choose from included: history, livestock farming, gardening, conservation, classroom activities and games, soil, western farming, manure management, onions, music and movement, chemistry, literacy, wheat, pesticides, ranches, soybeans, technology ideas for students, as well as world culture and food.

arrange their tables to embody the theme of their state so it will look appealing to the attendees. Each table has agricultural products representative of their state such as jam, soybean candles, mint candy, pens and pencils with brand names, and often ag themed hats and t-shirts which will all be given to table participants. The conference culminated with a water festival. It was an interesting way to teach everyone about the importance of conserving water and how to host a water festival in local schools. Besides having numerous workshops outdoor hands-on activities were set up to demonstrate water consumption. Teachers who wish to learn more about agriculture in the classroom may contact Vermilion County Ag Literacy Coordinator, Staci Disney-Walker, at the Vermilion Farm Bureau at 442-8713, or by sending an email to aitc.vcfb@comcast. net. There will be a Teacher Open House soon after school begins in August so teachers may sign up for presentations for classroom presentations on particular chosen topics each month. All educators are invited to attend the Summer Ag Institute to learn more about area agricultural products in an effort to educate future generations about many topics such as the importance of agritourism, and local sustainable agriculture.

Day two this year was devoted to a traveling tour. Each participant chose a tour from the following: Horticulture/ Greenhouses, Water in the West, Animal Agriculture, Horsing Around, Agritourism, Organic Farming and Research, Greenhouse to Hen House, Veggies, Udderly Amazing Milk and Egg tour, Plains’ Facts tour, and the Bolder Boulder County tour. These tours are always a hit with participants. The tour about vegetables included a fresh lunch prepared by a chef right in front of them!

The Michigan table is ready for the State Breakfast. Each table features information and materials about the farming and food products from their state. 6

On the third morning the state breakfast was scheduled. This is a popular event for attendees each year, as they walk through the grand ballroom and choose a state table. There they will learn from the table host about the agricultural products that are grown in that particular state. State AITC Directors decorate and

This is a Water Wagon, which is an educational trailer that travels throughout Colorado with hands-on exhibits concerning water conservation. BOOSTER

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PROCEDURE TO OBTAIN DISCOUNT: Simply show your paid up Vermilion County Farm Bureau Membership card at each visit at the time payment is required. Vermilion County Farm Bureau does not intend this as an endorsement of any of the professionals, businesses or products on which discounts have been obtained for our members and the Vermilion County Farm Bureau does not assume any liability for services rendered under this service. VERMILION COUNTY FARM BUREAU WILL CONSIDER REQUESTS FROM OTHER PROFESSIONALS AND BUSINESSES WHO MIGHT WISH TO PROVIDE DISCOUNTS TO OUR MEMBERS. FOR DETAILS PLEASE CALL 442-8713.

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Vanasdale urges farm families to be particularly aware of harvest dangers enhanced by drought conditions.

Safety Checklist Reduces Farm Family Dangers Safety matters on the farm. Ask any farm family. Equipment with moving parts, unpredictable livestock and large machinery with limited visibility posed just a few farm dangers. What can farm families do to stay safe? Identify and eliminate hazards, says Eric Vanasdale, COUNTRY Financial senior loss control representative. “Once you recognize the dangers, you can prevent many accidents. You can also set rules and train farm employees and family members to think about safety on a daily basis.” COUNTRY distributes “Safety Matters in the COUN-

TRY,” a checklist that identifies farm dangers. Because the checklist addresses potential hazards affecting all ages of farm employees and family members, Vanasdale suggests completing it during National Farm Safety & Health Week Sept. 16-22. After families answer the checklist questions, they receive a safety score. A “no” response indicates a danger that should be eliminated. Checklist questions cover vehicles & slow moving emblems, electrical safety, supervision of children working on the farm, and communication.

“The drought has added stress to farm life. Many families are worried about yields and income,” says Vanasdale. “They may not always be thinking about being safe. “One accident is one too many. Farm families can enjoy an injury-free harvest if they keep safety at the forefront every day.” To obtain copies of agricultural safety checklists, visit

Making sure a bright, reflective SMV emblem is mounted on all farm equipment is one thing you can do to increase safety while traveling on roadways.

Combine, Field Fires a Potential Problem

tions accumulating and causing a fire are following suggested cleaning guidelines and cleaning procedures.”

With temperatures tipping over 100 degrees, the heat has dried out this year’s crops pushing harvest up to possibly late August. With harvest come concerns about farm safety. This year farmers need to think about the risk of a fire. “As with most other farm incidents, combine fires are relatively rare single events,” says Chip Petrea, with University of Illinois’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Given the drought across the majority of the row-crop growing region, and the forecast for similar conditions through the harvesting season, the environmental and crop conditions themselves increase the chances of combine fires. Add in the fact newer engines operate at higher temperatures, and “both then lead to, pardon the expression, a very combustible situation,” Petrea notes. “Two particulars that can reduce the chances of condi-

Another thing to watch is fires starting from truck mufflers catching field debris on fire. Field conditions are extra dry, and caution needs to be used when driving trucks through a field.

“Make sure every tractor, combine and truck contains at least one ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher,” adds Country Financial’s Eric Vanasdale. “Teach farm employees and family members how to use it. Extremely dry conditions pose an increased possibility of field fires.” Those living near farm fields also need to take precautions. Burning trash should be avoided if possible, or at least done in self-contained and covered burn barrels.

You’ll also need to use caution when burning leaves or brush this fall. Any burning should not take place until we’ve had some significant rainfall. And be sure that the crops around you have been harvested first.



Buying Local is Getting Easier

Garrett Douglass has been raising beef also order meat bundles for filling your cattle on his farm east of Rossville for the freezer. They also make their own beef past 25 years. He’s also been selling beef sticks and jerky, along with sausage links off the farm that’s been processed into cuts and brats. of meat as Double D Beef for that same But more than meat, the store features time. fresh produce Fresh produce in season is just some Paige and when available. of the items available at the Rossville Toby Brown have “If we have corn, Farmers Market and Cut-Up Shop. operated Lingley there will always Bros. Sweet Corn be corn for sale Garrett’s wife Heather help with the cookin the Hoopeston/ here,” Paige ing, along with Sheri Beck. They can also Rossville area Brown said. “We do catering jobs. since 2000. They also have or have So what’s it like to open a food shop is have sold sweet had tomatoes, a small town? corn, tomatoes blackberries “We expected local support, which and green beans and green beans we’ve gotten,” both Brown and Dougat road stands and from our farm. lass noted. “People that come in, they’re A variety of cuts of meat are available at the farmers markets And we can sell Rossville Farmers Market and Cut-Up Shop. shocked by the variety of selections availfor a number of surplus produce “We’ll cut the steaks to any thickness you like,” able.” They have customers from more years. They also from others – notes Paige Brown. than the Rossville area, with people comraise some hogs we’ve had ladies ing in and returning from Danville, Covand sheep. bring in zucchini ington, and even Crescent City. from their gardens, for example.” But what happens when two fam“There have been some growing pains ily farms want to expand their outreach In addition, the shop features pies, – it takes a while for people to change their to meet a growing demand to ‘buy local.’ cakes, breads and cheesecakes made by buying habits,” Douglass noted. “But if They open the Rossville Farmers Market local ladies. “They come into our kitchen, you’re looking for a friendly, small town, and Cut-Up Shop in downtown Rossville. and bake for us,” Brown added. They’re old fashioned meat market, that’s what also selling local jams from Half-Acre “The Cut-Up Shop had been closed for we’ve got.” Farm in Westville and 82’s BBQ Sauce well over a year, and had been for sale for from Danville. a while,” Douglass said. “Since my grandIf you know of an interesting business mother owned the antique shop next door Their lunch counter features daily or activity in Vermilion County, we’d like (The Rainbow Shop Antiques), we decided specials along with deli sandwiches, hamto feature it as well. Contact the Farm Buit was an opportunity to buy the building burgers, and other lunch items. Paige and reau office with details. and open the store.” When they did make the purchase, they made an opening in the wall to connect the two spaces. “It gives us seating space for customers having lunch, plus we can watch the antique store when my grandmother’s away for the winter.” What you’ll find when you walk into the Rossville Farmers Market and Cut-Up Shop is a complete meat case, filled with cuts of beef and pork, along with free range chickens. While much of the meat comes from the Douglass and Brown farms, “at this point, it’s impossible logistically to provide all the meat that we sell from our own stock,” Douglass says. “But we still provide access to high quality, local meat.” Bill Mullen is cutting meat for the shop now. “He started Rawhide Meats in Danville and retired,” Douglass said. “But he Garrett Douglass and Paige Brown stand on the steps of their Rossville Farmers Market got bored, so he’s now cutting meat for us.” and Cut-Up Shop, located on IL Rt. 1 across from Casey’s in downtown Rossville. In addition to the meat case, you can Business hours are Tuesday–Friday 10 am - 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. 12


The Great Rural America Paradox Continued from Page 3

access to basic technology and services and neither will health care professionals and small business owners. Access to broadband plays a huge role in whether rural communities survive and flourish or wither and die. As the number of rural doctors continues to decline, so do rural businesses. According to Inc. Magazine, 70 percent of business owners in rural America will need to transition their businesses to new owners by 2020. That is a staggering figure. And, by all counts, it appears that broadband access is a major component of the economic engine. Many states across the nation are addressing rural technology challenges. One program in particular that is being utilized by many states is Connected Nation, a broadband adoption project to create connected communities. This program trains regional leaders on how to work with their communities to secure more Internet access and connect more people. They make up community planning teams that help groups engage in teaching computer classes, mentor older adults and help with online job searches. So, while rural America remains for many an idyllic land of open spaces and simpler ways of life, those who live there know the real deal. Access to basic services continues to be essential for rural communities and the competitiveness of our nation. Rural residents and their children shouldn’t be kept at a disadvantage by inadequate education, health care and business opportunities. It’s time to get past the paradox. BOOSTER


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