Bipolar disorder occurs in about 1 percent of farm and non-farm people, whereas major depression occurs in about 6 percent of the general population and somewhat more frequently in the agricultural population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Every community, whether rural or urban, has residents who are the cultural backbone of their communities. Cultural leaders are probably more apparent in rural communities where geographical isolation occurs, but there is common agreement in nearly all communities about who “sets the tone” of their social environment.
Last week I reported predictions about what the next few years hold for agriculture, derived from the plenary addresses of several experts at the Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health conference Nov. 19 in Ames, Iowa.
The Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference in Ames in mid-November featured reviews of changes in agriculture during the past 40 years, along with predictions about what the next 40 years will offer. Some of the people whom I most respect for their understanding of agriculture and rural life tendered their assessments.
The first humans crossed the Bering Strait land (or ice) bridge to enter the western hemisphere about 15,000 years ago. Archeological evidence indicates they settled throughout North and South America over the next couple thousand years. Each indigenous tribe has its own creation story.
Food stamp availability under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has become a main point of contention, if not the most controversial issue, concerning passage of a new farm bill in Congress.
Rural Americans and the military share a long history together. The earliest U.S. soldiers who fought for independence from England during the Revolutionary War mostly hailed from rural towns and the countryside.
The recent shutdown of the federal government and threat to not stand behind our federal debt made me feel more uncertain than I realized at first. I began to feel tightness between my shoulder blades and had difficulty sleeping soundly.
This morning (Oct. 14) as I listened to the grain markets, I heard an analyst predict that corn prices would drop to $3.25 per bushel for December delivery. Soybean prices are expected to be around $13 per bushel for March 2014 delivery, and milling wheat is expected to remain below $7 per bushel for much of the remainder of 2013.
“A 40-year study of 1,000 children revealed that childhood self-control strongly predicted adult success in people of high or low intelligence, in rich or poor,” according to Drs. Terrie E. Moffitt, Richie Poulton and Avshalom Caspi in the September-October 2013 issue of American Scientist.
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