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Una mujer delante de la furgoneta, vestida de médico dental.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR

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Un servicio dental móvil llamado Drop-In Dental está acercando el acceso a la atención médica a las zonas rurales de Nevada. Recientemente, la furgoneta dental visitó Yerington, en el condado de Lyon, por primera vez. Este es uno de los varios condados rurales del estado que se enfrentan a la escasez de proveedores de servicios dentales

La reportera Natalie Van Hoozer, de KUNR, viajó hasta allá para conocer más sobre la necesidad de atención odontológica en la región.

A woman wearing dental physician attire and standing in front of a van outside.
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A mobile dental service is improving access to care for underserved communities. Drop-In Dental recently visited Yerington, in Lyon County, for the first time. It’s one of the several rural counties in the state grappling with a shortage of dental providers.

KUNR’s Natalie Van Hoozer made the trip out there to learn more about the need for dental as part of overall health care in the region.

Un hombre vestido con ropa y sombrero de trabajo encima de un tractor con maquinaria acoplada.
Cecilia Alonso

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Usualmente, los trabajadores agrícolas de Nevada tienen trabajos estacionales, muchas veces, sin seguro médico ni licencia por enfermedad, lo que ha creado una tensión adicional para esta comunidad durante la pandemia. 

La reportera Natalie Van Hoozer habló con Cecilia Alonso, de la Nevada Human Development Corporation, o la corporación de desarrollo humano de Nevada, en Fallon, para saber más.

A man dressed in clothes and a hat for outdoor work stands atop a tractor with attached machinery in a field.
Cecilia Alonso

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Nevada farmworkers often have seasonal jobs with no health insurance or sick leave, which has created an additional strain for this community during the pandemic. 

KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer spoke with Cecilia Alonso of the Nevada Human Development Corporation in Fallon to learn more.

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The Nevada Department of Agriculture is offering a grant to help stimulate specialty crops in the state. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has that story.

Specialty crops are plants used for human consumption that are not animal- or grain-based: things like fruits, nuts and herbs. The Nevada Department of Agriculture is offering $250,000 to promote this industry.

Ashley Jeppson is with the department, and she says the purpose of the grant is to enhance human food production.

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Nevada has seen an increase of more than 1,000 farms since 2007, most notably among small farm operations. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

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Two federal agencies are teaming up in effort to help farmers in Nevada and other parts of the county better predict and prepare for an increasingly dry future.

Farm industry officials in Nevada say a more innovative and accurate drought response system can help production efforts going forward. That's where a new partnership between the US Department of Agriculture and NASA comes in. The agencies are expanding the use of satellite technology to gather data on soil moisture and create space-borne maps showing drought effects in specific regions.