Industry Trends

Pandemic accelerates direct-to-consumer farm sales

Around 7 million additional U.S. households turned directly to producers in 2020. Experts say that growth in direct agricultural sales across the state could benefit the industry long term due to the increase in consumer knowledge and appreciation of local food production. Plus, a collection of resources to connect farmers, ranchers directly to consumers.

6 strategies to reduce health care disparities among employees and tackle top cost drivers

A recent white paper by the Health Action Council (HAC) and UnitedHealthcare finds companies that implement deliberate strategies around their employees’ most common chronic health conditions may improve overall employee health and achieve cost-savings over the long-term. The study also revealed a number of important disparities in care, which can be improved through a combination of lifestyle modifications and targeted wellness programs.

Women in dentistry on the rise

According to the American Dental Association, 33% of dentists in the U.S. are female, and 63.4% own their own practice. Women also hold about 35% full-time and 30% part-time faculty positions at dental schools. Check out this discussion about why this trend is happening and how we can continue to support and encourage these strong industry leaders. 

Solar co-ops on the rise in Denver

Going solar is a great way to get affordable, reliable electricity for decades. Right now is a particularly good time to go solar, as COVID-19 relief legislation recently passed by Congress extends the Investment Tax Credit for solar, so business owners can recoup 26 percent of what they spend on solar systems installed this year or next.