I’d suggest tuning into the “Rural Evening News” (RFD-TV, weeknights at 7:30 p.m.), which describes itself as “the number one cable network for ranchers and farmers.” Like “The Daily Show,” it broadens our perspective on the news—hey, there’s a whole world out there beyond the Beltway!
The show is a traditional newscast: anchors at the desk, reporters in the field, lots of graphics (typically involving wheat). Much time is spent on the weather for the obvious agricultural reasons.
Here are a few of the things I’ve learned.
Corn prices have fallen by about 20 percent. Good news for shoppers, bad news for farmers.
Ninety-seven percent of rural counties have a shortage of primary health-care professionals, and 9 percent have no physicians at all.
The U.S. will spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu. But don’t worry about Thanksgiving—turkey farms will be ready to restock by the end of August.
There’s an actual sport called barrel racing in which horses literally careen around barrels. Definitely more action than your typical Nats game.
Factoids like these will no doubt make you the hit of the cocktail party.
The best thing about the “Rural Evening News” is the smooth pronunciation of the hard-to-pronounce word “rural,” which fans of “30 Rock” may remember caused all kinds of trouble when Jenna Maroney starred in a movie called “The Rural Juror.” Hats off to the “Rural Evening News” staff for their excellent diction.