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Can Telemedicine Help Rural Opioid Crisis?

Progress in rural treatment options could have wide benefits for other underserved populations. But many challenges remain. Some of the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic are in rural America. However, many of those same communities lack access to comprehensive treatment. To address the epidemic’s increasing reach, the White House declared a public health emergency on Oct. 26. The administration outlined a need to expand treatment in rural communities, most notably by making telemedicine more readily available. Telemedicine, also referred to as telehealth, aims to improve treatment access by allowing people to consult their provider remotely – for example, by...

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Newest Census of Agriculture Purported as “Very user-friendly and time-saving”

In just a few weeks, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers. “We urge all farmers to respond when they receive their Census form,” said Mike Naig, Iowa’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. “The results of the Census help us tell the story behind Iowa’s top industry and provides a wealth of...

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Row Cleaners for John Deere 50/60/90-Series No-till Drills

Exapta is now the exclusive importer of Aricks row cleaners for John Deere 50/60/90 drills.  These robust row cleaners have a 10-year track record in tough Aussie conditions and are great for helping overcome the tendency of these drills to hairpin residue into the seed slot.  The row cleaners extend the workday, allowing the operator to start earlier and go later without fear of poor cutting of mulch when it gets tough from picking up dew.  And to not miss days of seeding when the straw refuses to dry. “John Deere 50/60/90 no-till drills have a big problem with...

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Solving Bird Problems with Innovative Laser Technology

Grower sees 33% revenue increase as a result of laser deployment A new automated laser provides successful bird deterrent results after a few months of use at a blueberry farm. Justin Meduri, Farm Operations Manager of Meduri Farms, Jefferson, Oregon has a 168-acre blueberry farm that suffered from crop damage inflicted by birds. The annual cost of bird damage at Meduri Farms was quantified at approximately 25% of the overall potential crop volume – approximately $100,000. When Justin Meduri looked for a more effective bird repellent solution, he discovered the Agrilaser Autonomic via the local solutions integrator Oregon Vineyard Supply....

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Grain Bag Unloading Made Simple [VIDEO]

Neeralta Manufacturing’s new grain bag extractor unloads 9 to 12-foot wide grain bags and wraps and ties the plastic into a handy bale for easy disposal, all in one easy operation. “The new extractor is available in both the trailer and three-point hitch models,” says John Wierenga, Sales and Marketing Specialist for the family-owned business. “It’s the same machine, but is available in two transport models depending on a farmer’s needs,” he says. “Each unit comes with a self-contained hydraulic pump and reservoir, so it is easily handled by a 90HP tractor. It doesn’t take much power to run it.”...

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