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Kim Young Woods

Here's a roundup of stories with rural resonance; if you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email


Kim Young Woods, a longtime leader in South Carolina journalism, has died. As publisher of the Yorkville Enquirer and The Clover Herald, she made history as the first female African-American publisher in the South Carolina Press Association's nearly 170-year history. Read more here.

Female journalists are frequently harassed online, and the trend is getting worse. Read more here.

It's increasingly rare to find newspapers that operate old-school printing presses, and rarer still to see female press operators. But one Arkansas newspaper has a pressroom staffed entirely by three women. Read more here.

A leading horse veterinarian suggests that there may be a shortage of equine vets soon, and has some ideas on how to keep that from happening. Read more here.

A recent story in The Washington Post takes readers inside a rural Pennsylvania McDonald's crew and how they came to be part of the "Great Resignation." Read more here.

Privet hedges and Bradford pears are scourges upon the land, but ginkgo trees—a species as old as the dinosaurs—are still a pretty great choice for your yard.

Rural hospitals' emergency rooms are just as effective in treating patients as urban ERs, a study has found. Read more here.

A study has found that fewer than 8 percent of overdose survivors are given or prescribed drugs that can block overdose and help them fight addiction. Read more here.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has given seven states multimillion-dollar grants to fight the opioid epidemic. Read more here.

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There's still plenty of time to


for Rural Women Everywhere, a free virtual conference to be held Oct. 19-20 celebrating rural and Native American women and what they bring to their communities.

The programming will include roundtable conversations, breakout sessions spotlighting women's experiences and reflections, and a keynote address from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a Native American. According to the website, you'll also "hear from women journalists, organizers and activists, indigenous leaders, artists and poets, lawyers and professors, faith leaders, and young women, who are building bridges and crossing borders to connect us to one another and the places we call home."

The event is sponsored by the Rural Assembly, a Center for Rural Strategies program that produces the twice-yearly Rural Assembly Everywhere conference.

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Job gains and losses from July 2019 to July 2021.
Daily Yonder map; click the image to enlarge it or click here for the interactive version.

According to the latest federal employment numbers, "only three out of 10 counties in the country had as many jobs this July as in July 2019, before anyone had heard of Covid-19. Rural and urban America are about the same on this measure. Only 30.8% of urban counties and 28.1% of rural counties have as many jobs now as they did two years ago," Bill Bishop


for The Daily Yonder. "Things look better, however, when the employment figures from this July are compared to this time last year, after Covid-19 had hit. Only 18.5% of rural counties and just 2% of urban counties have fewer jobs this July than in July 2020."

But women are having a tough time, especially since federal supplemental unemployment benefits recently expired. "Government data also showed a drop in child-care employment and women’s participation in labor force — two areas that have been inextricably connected throughout the pandemic," Anne Branigin reports for The Lily, a publication of The Washington Post. "The dip was especially dramatic for women between the ages of 25 and 54."

Click here for more analysis from the Yonder, including an interactive map.

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It's time to start planning coverage of National Farm Safety & Health Week, coming up Sept. 19-25. The observance was formerly Farm Safety Week, but now includes health issues, and one of this year's sessions is about the overall health of farmers. This year's theme is "Farm Safety Yields Real Results."

Each day has a more specific theme:

Monday, Sept. 20: Tractor & Rural Roadway Safety

Tuesday, Sept. 21: Farmer Health

Wednesday, Sept. 22: Safety and Health for Youth in Agriculture

Thursday, Sept. 23: Agricultural Fertilizer and Chemical Safety

Friday, Sept. 24: Safety and Health for Women in Agriculture

The annual observance is organized by The National Center for Agricultural SafetyClick here for more information.

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Women in the dairy industry are invited to partake in 24 hours of networking, learning and fun at the Central Plains Dairy Women’s Conference Nov. 14-15 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Women have an opportunity to learn how to become better business partners in their farm or ranch operation during Annie's Project, a six-week program that will be held throughout North Dakota in 2017.

PONTIAC — More than 20 years ago, Laura Sellmyer’s dad and uncle expected one of her two brothers would be the next generation farmer.

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