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Daring Dairy
Damien Mason

Health care in the country

Rural areas look for ways to cure shortage of doctors, hospitals
Story by Nancy Jorgensen
Dustin Cox knows this from personal experience. In February 2019, two of his coworkers at MFA Agri Services in Trenton, Mo., noticed he was having trouble speaking and called 911. As it turned out, Cox was having a stroke.
“If it wasn’t for our local hospital, I’m not sure what the outcome would have been,” said Cox, manager of MFA in Trenton, population 6,000. “You seldom hear good things about rural hospitals, but I received spot-on care. I’m a prime example of how local hospitals are essential.”  For stroke patients, it’s critical. . . .

Precise irrigation

SPOTLIGHT: Everything under the sun

Running on solar power, MFA Exchange in Meta expects bright future ahead

Story and photos by Allison Jenkins

Around this time last year, MFA Exchange in Meta, Mo., found a way to breathe new energy into the business.
Two arrays of roof-installed solar panels are providing electricity for the entire facility, including Meta’s modern feed mill that turns out more than 10,000 tons each year. The clean, renewable energy generated by the sun-powered system not only represents the cooperative’s commitment to environmental stewardship but also saves substantial amounts in utility costs. . . .

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