Study says Poverty Worse in Rural Areas

Despite being the breadbasket of the world, a new report shows poverty and food insecurity are rising faster in rural areas of the Midwest than in urban areas. The report from the Center for Rural Affairs covers Nebraska and nine other states. Report author Jon Bailey, the center's research director, says the poverty comes from scarce jobs and paltry salaries.  (play audio   :19   “food insecurity.”)
 Bailey's report finds rural people who were food insecure accounted for nearly 13-percent of the region's population in 2010. Rural children who were food insecure accounted for almost 24-percent. He says that issue needs to be addressed.  (play audio  :16   “those communities.”)
Bailey says one of the best ways to help rural areas is through the federal Farm Bill, but he says prospects don't look good right now.  (play audio  :22   “paying jobs.”) 
The Center for Rural Affairs is based in Lyons, Nebraska. The full report can be found at "".

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