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Civil Eats: Reckoning with Opioids in Farm Country

News / In The News November 5, 2018

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In a recent article, Civil Eats cited Farm Town Strong, the joint AFBF-National Farmers Union campaign to raise awareness about the opioid crisis in rural America. Civil Eats noted, “It’s a dire situation that has put pressure on farming organizations and rural development agencies to step out of their comfort zones and address the crisis. Two national membership organizations, the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, have banded together for the first time.”

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