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  • Randy and Kathy Uhrmacher had to find a new health plan after theirs was discontinued. Since both are healthy, they qualified for medically underwritten insurance that saves about $750 a month over other options. (Photo courtesy of Randy Uhrmacher)

    Health Insurance Check-Up

    A variety of new health insurance options hit the market for farmers in 2019, and there could be even more options next year. But experts stress that, when it comes to insurance, one size doesn't fit all.

  • The single most useful tool to improve cattle comfort during extreme cold weather is bedding, according to South Dakota State Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate Warren Rusche. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Livestock Producers Prepare for Storms

    Cattle and hog producers across the central Midwest are taking some extra measures to protect their animals' health and performance in a winter storm that is forecast to move across the region late Friday and...

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    Bring on Twenty-Nineteen

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell knows there will be plenty of issues to face in 2019, but she says she's ready for them.

  • Stewart Robinson (left) helped Cameron Dinkins transition Esperanza Outdoors from a hunting club to a waterfowl guiding service. (Progressive Farmer photo by Linden Plantation)

    Flash of an Idea

    Cameron Dinkins and his wife, Whitney, have taken 1,700 acres of land in and around Plantation, in Glen Allan, Mississippi, and through various businesses, developed revenue streams that include row-crop farming, guided...

  • (Progressive Farmer photo by Getty Images)

    My "Dear Santa" Letter

    Everything on Jennifer Campbell's Christmas wish list needs to be tax deductible.

  • Communities, schools and government officials can take actions to combat the opioid addiction crisis affecting every corner of the country. (Graphic courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

    Pandora's Pill Bottle - 7

    Though the massive scope of the opioid addiction problem is a national issue requiring a national response, many solutions will come at the local level. Here is what schools, communities and individuals can do to...

  • Kaiser Family Foundation data shows prescription opioid overdose deaths leave no part of the country untouched. (Graphic courtesy of the Kaiser Family Foundation)

    Pandora's Pill Bottle - 6

    Rural areas have many challenges facing them in the battle against opioid addiction, but some areas are finding ways to reach out even with limited resources. The federal government is taking action to offer those...

  • As a young girl, Cami Dyreng was energetic, intelligent and ambitious. She had a vision of what could have been, but drugs took over her life (Photo courtesy of Richard and Annette Dyreng)

    Pandora's Pill Bottle - 5

    As a young girl growing up on a farm in Utah, Cami Dyreng was a vivacious, intelligent spirit who loved hiking and rock climbing. However, she faced an insurmountable challenge -- an addiction to heroin that claimed her...

  • An Indiana farmer and former opioid addict shares what it was like when he was addicted and what finally saved him. Meanwhile, a North Carolina pastor tells what it's like to be on the front line of dealing with the opioid crisis.

    Pandora's Pill Bottle - 4

    An Indiana farmer and former opioid addict shares what it was like when he was addicted and what finally saved him. Meanwhile, a North Carolina pastor tells what it's like to be on the front line of dealing with the...

  • A review of more than 22 million hospital admissions in 44 states from 2000 to 2015 found the average cost of opioid overdose admission to intensive care units jumped from $58,517 per patient in 2009, to $92,408 in 2015. (Photo by MPD01605, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Pandora's Pill Bottle - 3

    The opioid crisis is growing in its impact on business, healthcare costs and number of people suffering from addiction. Rural areas are especially hit hard, but have limited resources to deal with the problem.

  • Indiana farmer Doug Payne has been clean from a heroin addiction since 2007. (DTN photo by David Charrlin)

    Pandora's Pill Bottle - 2

    Legally prescribed painkillers that a relative or friend innocently stores in a medicine cabinet can be a lurking danger and lead to addiction or even death. Rural Jackson County in West Virginia found out the hard...

  • From 2000 to 2014, there was a 200% increase nationally in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers and heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Photo by Getty Images)

    Pandora's Pill Bottle - 1

    Between 1999 and 2016, 351,602 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses. Rural America is a key battlefront where the crisis is growing.

  • The shift from private treaty sales to public auction is helping Reiss and Heather Bruning define this herd. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)

    Private Treaty Goes Public

    When Reiss and Heather Bruning wanted to ‌move a generations-old operation from ‌a long tradition of private treaty sales to ‌public auction, they found it easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

  • Farmers Genny Haun, of Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier, of Claflin, Kansas, are reporting on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2018 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (DTN photos by Pamela Smith)

    View From the Cab

    November closes out DTN's 2018 View From the Cab series, but our farmers are still battling the elements to bring the crop year to a close.

  • Farmers Genny Haun, of Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier, of Claflin, Kansas, are reporting on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2018 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (DTN photos by Pamela Smith)

    View From the Cab

    A gathering of thanks keeps on giving perspective to DTN's View From the Cab farmers.

  • The uniform farmer signaling code. (Image courtesy of the University of Maine Extension)

    Did You Mean Whoa ... or Go?

    Believe it or not, there are 11 "official" hand signals for use on the farm.

  • Reporting from Ohio, Genny Haun (center) has allowed readers a look at farming life. She farms with her husband, Matt (left), and her parents, Cindy and Jan Layman. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Crop Production Blog

    The View From the Cab series opens doors to everyday life during a farming season -- the good, the bad and sometimes the messy.

  • Farmers Genny Haun, of Kenton, Ohio, and Kyle Krier, of Claflin, Kansas, are reporting on crop conditions and agricultural topics throughout the 2018 growing season as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. (DTN photos by Pamela Smith)

    View From the Cab

    Sloppy conditions have made harvest and many other farm activities difficult for DTN's View From the Cab correspondents this past week.

  • Military veteran possess numerous traits necessary to lead a team in the field and in the barn, making them a good hire for many farms. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

    Ag's HR Coach

    Military veterans often bring a large number of transferable skills to the farm, which often makes them a good fit for operations large and small.