Farm Aid, the music festival to benefit American family farmers, is in its 26th year. With this yearâ€™s concert scheduled for Aug. 13 in Kansas City, Kan., itâ€™s a good time to review the eventâ€™s relevancy. What began as a response to a farm crisis has changed over time, but the goal is the same: Support farmers who are struggling.
Columbiaâ€™s fourth annual Roots Nâ€™ Blues Nâ€™ BBQ festival hits the streets of downtown this weekend. Festival officals expect to bring in 75,000 people to listen to the blues and eat barbecue from vendors from all across the country. But how much impact does the festival have on local businesses?
There are 1.6 million people living in rural Missouri, and many have a hard time accessing health care. In the 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundationâ€™s healthy county rankings, Hickory County in West Central Missouri is rated one of the worst in the state in terms of mental health. Itâ€™s so bad, residents say they experience just over a weekâ€™s worth of poor mental health days each month. They are also unhealthier and experience more poverty than the national average.