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Expanding Access to Care for Rural Residents Via Telehealth

Did you know that 113 million Americans lack access to appropriate mental health services? In fact, as of November 2019, 61 percent of mental health professional shortage areas—a designation that indicates health care provider shortages—are in rural areas.

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Using Addiction Counselors to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services

Lack of access to behavioral health providers in rural areas continues to affect millions of Americans.

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Just Like the Plants,  Hemp Policy Conversations Continue to Grow

State policymakers, farmers, manufacturers and federal agencies are abuzz as they consider the possibilities of hemp production.

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Rural Economies: Left Behind or Poised for Resurgence?

Broadband isn't the only issue facing rural America, but it casts a wide shadow (probably slow-moving because, you know, dial-up) over efforts to rejuvenate rural areas.

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Webinar Thursday: “Opportunity Zones: State Strategies to Support Investments”

Opportunity Zones are a new federal tax credit established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to stimulate private investment in distressed communities across the United States. The program offers three incentives for investing in low-income communities.

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Chickens, Cattle and Policy All in a (Long) Day's Work

Going all the way back to the Founding Fathers, there's a long tradition of farmers who serve as legislators. Now meet a staffer who balances a full-time job with a full-time farm.

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NCSL Resources on Challenges Facing Rural America

Rural America is home to 46 million people and over 70 percent of the nation’s land. Yet much of it is struggling—financially, educationally, demographically and in access to health care, the nation’s rural areas have lagged the rest of the country.

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USDA Releases 2017 Agriculture Census

In April, the USDA released its 2017 Agriculture Census highlighting some major changes in the agriculture industry. The survey is conducted every five years, with this issue covering 2012-2017.

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Trump Signs $867 Billion Farm Bill

Overall, the bill reauthorizes a host of agriculture and nutrition programs through fiscal year 2023 (Sept. 30, 2023) and has an estimated price tag of $867 billion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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Rural Americans More Likely to Die from Preventable Causes

To bring awareness to the unique needs of America's rural and frontier communities, National Rural Health Day is recognized today, and every third Thursday of November.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.