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Sex trafficking in small towns: ‘It happens virtually anywhere’

2 years ago Jeremy Bernfeld 0
“For most of our trafficking victims this is kind of where we’re going to start,” says Jamie Manzer, as she gives a tour of the SASA (Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault) Crisis Center, where she worked until recently. SASA helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence. That includes women being trafficked: sold against their will for Read More

In rural Trump Country, trade policy divides

2 years ago Jeremy Bernfeld 0
This story is part of the special series United And Divided, which explores the links and rifts between rural and urban America. Rural voters overwhelmingly chose President Donald Trump in the presidential election. But when it comes to the central campaign promise to get tough on trade, rural voters are not necessarily in sync with Read More

A forgotten piece of African-American history on the Great Plains

2 years ago Jeremy Bernfeld 0
Blink while driving on Highway 34 east of Greeley, Colorado, and you might miss the former Great Plains town of Dearfield. Abandoned towns from the early 20th century are far from unique on this stretch of plains. Withered storefronts and collapsed false-front homes are common. Boom and bust economics and harsh weather made it tough Read More

Corn Belt farmers left with questions as leadership in Washington shifts

2 years ago Jeremy Bernfeld 0
President Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary, bucking a recent trend of Midwest leadership at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and making many in the farm country of the Midwest and Great Plans a little leery. Coupled with the appointments of leaders from Oklahoma and Texas to head the Read More

To diversify the landscape, diversify who works it

2 years ago Jeremy Bernfeld 0
Farmers in the U.S. like to point out that their products feed people all over the world. And while this is a diverse country, the people working on farms and elsewhere in agriculture often don’t reflect the nation’s demographics. Changing that is becoming a priority, in hopes new people will bring fresh ideas to meet Read More

In search of profit, some conventional farmers may go local

2 years ago Jeremy Bernfeld 0
Low crop prices have many Midwest wheat and corn farmers looking for ways to supplement their incomes. One possibility for conventional farmers: producing food for farmers markets. “Food is a multi-billion-dollar economy in Kansas,” says Missty Lechner of the American Heart Association, who works with local governments to encourage the development of local food systems. Read More

A new barrier to life on the farm: Student debt

2 years ago Jeremy Bernfeld 0
Liz Graznak runs an organic farm in Jamestown, Missouri, which she calls Happy Hollow Farm. She sells her vegetables to local restaurants, in CSA boxes and at the farmer’s market.  But eight years ago, after falling in love with the idea of growing her own local produce, the farm she runs today looked like a Read More

Immigrant communities diversify the face of a rural Colorado city

2 years ago Jeremy Bernfeld 0
This story is part of the special series United And Divided, which explores the links and rifts between rural and urban America. The bell signals the start of second period. A trio of young women take seats in English class, their attention quickly drifting outside the walls of the high school in Fort Morgan, Colorado, Read More