Fire Emblem Heroes summer revenue up 34 per cent over 2017

first_imgFire Emblem Heroes summer revenue up 34 per cent over 2017Sensor Tower data shows Nintendo’s hit mobile game earning $63 million in July and AugustMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefThursday 6th September 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNintendoFire Emblem Heroes remains in rude health, according to data from Sensor Tower, with Nintendo’s breakout mobile hit earning 34 per cent more this summer than in summer 2017.Despite being drawn from a less popular IP than Super Mario Run or Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem Heroes has emerged as the most successful of Nintendo’s mobile games.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games According to Sensor Tower, the game’s players spent $63 million in July and August this year, equivalent to 34 per cent more than the $47 million spent in the same period in 2017.Fire Emblem Heroes launched in February 2017, and Sensor Tower puts its lifetime earnings at $417 million. This means that, in July and August this year, it earned 15 per cent of its lifetime revenue in 11 per cent of the time it has been available.By contrast, it took the highly anticipated Super Mario Run two years to reach just $60 million in revenue. Nintendo has been open about its disappointment in that return, and its subsequent mobile games more fully embraced free-to-play monetisation systems.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoNintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units soldAnd, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii’s 101 million lifetime sales this yearBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

My mornings with you : My NewsPaper

first_imgOh yes…yes. I do belong to that school of thought, where I believe that all knowledge and information can be acquired by reading a newspaper. Moreover, thanks to my profession, I am simply not only collecting information but also using it.  For me, nothing beats the thrill of picking up a newspaper from my doorstep delivered fresh and crisp early morning and then relishing it bit by bit.  My mornings are incomplete without having a ‘silent conversation’, with my dear friend.  Believe you me, it is a pure form of meditation for me.  I know, many people advise me against reading the paper, saying why to start the day with all things pessimistic, but in my defence, why blame the paper, isn’t it the mirror to the world?Growing up in a household, where the presence of three to four newspapers was common, but what was also common was the constant tussle as to who gets to read which paper first.  But, fortunately for me now, my better half is quite hostile towards a newspaper and lucky me I have the privilege of having it all by myself.People who enjoy the process of reading a paper, will surely relate to me and ascribe to what I am saying.  For instance, national and international news section keeps me updated about precisely everything and anything.  Politics section teaches me to be savvy and clever, crossword puzzles, scramble, spellathon, sudoku and kakuro sharpens my reasoning and logic, comic and cartoon section keeps me smiling, sports section compels me to think about physical and mental well-being, teaching me to be competitive, Page 3(fondly called as the ‘supplementary’ section) provides me with the much-needed respite and takes me to the land of fairy-tales, obituary section forces me to introspect, deals and sale section keeps me on my toes, whereas ‘Brides and Grooms’ wanted section makes me believe in the goodness of people and a better tomorrow.Some parting thoughts..I, urge some of you to discover and some to rediscover the passion for reading. And on that thought, why is the newspaper always more interesting when someone else is reading?last_img read more

New York synagogues vandalized in ‘brazen’ attacks, surveillance video released

first_imgtzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) — Authorities in New York City are looking for the suspect who vandalized four Jewish synagogues in what the Anti-Defamation League is calling a “brazen series of attacks.”Police released surveillance video of one attack, which took place on Saturday at about 10:45 p.m. The suspect threw rocks at the windows of the Young Israel of Riverdale Synagogue in the Bronx, shattering the glass, the New York Police Department said.The video showed the man repeatedly throwing objects and then kicking in the glass at a section where it hadn’t shattered.Three other synagogues, all in Riverdale, were also targeted, and had broken windows due to thrown rocks, police said.All synagogues in the Riverdale neighborhood have increased security, reported ABC New York station WABC.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Sunday that the NYPD’s hate crime task force “has a solid lead on the vile acts of anti-Semitism.”The mayor vowed to “take swift action against the perpetrators,” adding, “if you have any more information on this case, contact the NYPD right away.”Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. added on Twitter, “Hate has no place in our community, borough and city. The heinous, anti-Semitic attacks we saw at 4 places of worship in The Bronx will not be tolerated.”Scott Richman, direct of the New York/New Jersey Anti-Defamation League, tweeted, “This brazen series of attacks on the Jewish community in #Riverdale over the past few nights is truly shocking. We are in touch with law enforcement who is now out in force and is taking this extremely seriously.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

“Tunisian hammer” Amine Bannour to Dinamo Bucuresti!

first_imgRecommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsCertainly one of the best shooter of African handball, Tunisian right back Amine Bannour, will try once again to surive in the European handball. The 28-years old lefthander joined Romanian champions HC Dinamo Bucuresti, where he will have chance to play at the VELUX EHF Champions League in the upcoming season.Bannour’s contract with French Chambery Savoie was terminate after he was betting, what is strictly forbidden by French rules.Bannour played at Club Africain Tunis 2010-2012, Mudhar Club 2012, Etoile du Sahel 2013, Al Sadd 2014-2017, Chambery 2017-2018…Dinamo Bucuresti signed also right wing from BiH, Muhamed Zulfic. Click to comment Mohamed Mamdouh and Stefan Vujic for stronger HC Dinamo Bucuresti Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc Handball suspends Amine Bannour Dinamo Bucharest defeated in Constanta ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:Amine Bannour, HC Dinamo Bucurestilast_img read more

Sweden’s chance to heal ‘open wound’ of former PM’s murder

first_imgAnger was temporarily assuaged when a local man, who witnesses claimed was in the area at the time of the murder, was convicted of the crime after Palme’s wife picked him out of a police line-up.However, her testimony was later challenged in court and the man was acquitted on appeal.Other lines of inquiry also emerged. One persistent theory has been that South African security services killed Palme because of his vocal criticism of the apartheid regime.Another is that a second local man, who came forward as an eyewitness to the crime in 1986, in fact carried out the murder because he objected to Palme’s politics. He denied involvement and died in 2000. * * *The prosecutor’s interview, promising a big reveal, has raised more questions than it answered. “I am of course very curious,” Leif GW Persson, a former professor of criminology for the National Police Board, told the Swedish newspaper Mitt i Stockholm. “Prosecutor Petersson is no fool,” he said.Persson, a former police officer, speculated that investigators may have found the murder weapon, which has been missing since 1986. * * *News of a potential breakthrough is “gratifying and sparks hope,” Palme’s son Mårten, now 58 and a professor of economics at Stockholm University, told Swedish daily Expressen.For Sweden, too, a resolution to the 30-plus-year saga could help soothe a national sense of trauma.Every year on February 28, people commemorate Palme’s death by laying roses on the street corner where he was shot. Could this really be the beginning of the end of the biggest investigation in Swedish criminal history? * * *As a lawmaker, Palme had been a polarizing figure: His push to expand the welfare state and empower labor unions divided public opinion at home, while his sharp criticism of U.S. foreign policy, especially during the Vietnam War, proved divisive abroad.The year he was killed, the economy was struggling and the government was under intense pressure to turn things around. He was one year into a second term as prime minister, after winning elections in 1982 and 1985.Palme was also widely respected and a big presence on the left — a protégé of the influential Swedish leader Tage Erlander, he served as leader of the Social Democrats from 1969 until his murder.His killing — and the authorities’ failure to identify the killer — became an enduring source of national pain. At an event to mark the 30th anniversary of Palme’s assassination in 2016, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven called the case an “open wound.” Sara Åsberg, a 36-year-old lawyer, was one of the many passersby who stopped at the spot a few weeks ago to look at the flowers.“From what I have heard, the prosecutor thinks he is onto something with the case, and I really hope that he is,” she said. “Swedes need closure.”This article has been updated to note Wednesday’s announcement. Also On POLITICO Conservative Americans see coronavirus hope in progressive Sweden By Tina Nguyen Letter from Stockholm Coronavirus: Sweden’s ‘preppers’ say I told you so By Charlie Duxbury The murder was a defining moment in Swedish politics — and one most people were forced to accept would always remain a mystery.That may soon change: Nearly three and a half decades after Palme was killed, the prosecutor leading the case made an announcement that caught the country by surprise.Olof Palme served as leader of the Social Democrats from 1969 until his murder.“I feel positive that we are going to be able to present what happened around the murder and who was responsible for the murder,” Krister Petersson said in an interview with Swedish public service television in mid-February.“My goal is that, by the end of the first of half of 2020, we either charge someone, or we close the investigation,” he said.The interview unleashed fevered speculation and debate among criminologists and investigative journalists. On Wednesday, officials are set to announce the outcome of the 34-year investigation.center_img STOCKHOLM — Sweden may finally get an answer to the question that has nagged its psyche for more than 30 years: What happened the night of February 28, 1986?Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme had been walking home from the movies with his wife Lisbeth in Stockholm when an attacker shot them from behind, killing Palme.The attacker fled the scene and, despite years of intense investigations, was never identified. Every lead turned cold. It was as though he had vanished into thin air. It’s unclear why he chose to pre-empt his own final conclusions, for example, or why he raised two options — bringing charges or closing the case — if he is confident that he knows who is responsible for the killing.Experts have pointed out that there are a number of scenarios under which Petersson could both identify the murderer and still close the case, including if the murderer is dead. He declined a request to be interviewed for this piece.The lead police officer on the case, Hans Melander, told POLITICO that interviews on the case are ongoing, but declined to give further details about lines of inquiry being pursued.For Sweden, a resolution to the 30-plus year saga could help soothe a national sense of trauma | EPA/STR SWEDEN OUTBut he, too, said he believes the case is close to being resolved.“It is satisfying to be able to see some kind of ending to this investigation, it has been going on for a long time,” he said, adding he is more certain of a resolution than at any time during his 15 years working the case.Experts who have followed the investigations also appear cautiously optimistic. According to testimony by Lisbeth Palme, who survived the attack and died in 2018, the night of her husband’s murder began in unremarkable fashion.It was a Friday, and the couple had decided on a whim to meet their son Mårten for a movie at the Grand Cinema in central Stockholm. They had given their security detail the night off.After the movie, they parted ways and Lisbeth and Palme set off south along Sveavägen street to walk back to their apartment in Stockholm’s Old Town quarter.Olof Palme had been a polarizing figure: His push to expand the welfare state and empower labor unions divided the Swedish public opinion | AFP via Getty ImagesA couple of minutes into the walk, they crossed the street to look in a shop window. Witnesses describe how a man approached the couple from behind and shot them both, before running east along Tunnelgatan, up some steps and out of sight.A witness, Anders Björkman, described the shooter to the police as “wearing a dark or dark-blue knitted hat which had been rolled up a couple of times and a dark coat-like garment which went down to his knees.”But after a flurry of activity in the early days, the investigation soon slowed, sparking fierce criticism of the police’s approach.last_img read more

Ryan Blaney to start last at Kansas after qualifying time disallowed

first_imgRELATED: Full lineup | Lineup in photosKANSAS CITY, Kan. — Post-qualifying inspection at Kansas Speedway on Friday night yielded a violation in the No. 21 Omnicraft Auto Parts Ford driven by Ryan Blaney, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff driver will have to start Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 from the rear of the field (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Officials found a problem with the rear of the car, saying in a statement later Friday night “the package tray did not maintain its original shape.”Blaney had qualified the car third overall — which would have been his best start since winning the pole here at Kansas in May. As a result, his team will make the last pit stall selection for Kansas, and also for next weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Monster Energy Series teams will qualify for Martinsville hours prior to the race, so pit stall selections for that event are determined by qualifying order at Kansas.Blaney enters the Round of 12 cutoff race ranked seventh in the standings, nine points above the cutoff line. The top eight drivers following Sunday’s race will advance to the Round of 8.MORE: Analyzing the playoff bubblelast_img read more

200 Million People Lifted From Extreme Poverty in Just Two Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe media may paint a different picture sometimes, but facts are facts: fewer people are living in extreme poverty than at any point in history.A new report shows that 200 million people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 2012 — and since 1990 that global population figure has been slashed by 61%.As the world advances toward a goal of wiping out extreme poverty completely in the next 15 years, the biggest gains since the last World Bank survey in 2012 have been achieved in East Asia and the Pacific region. There, extreme poverty was reduced by 43% in three years, according to the new report by the World Bank. Since 1990, the rate in the region has plummeted by 91%.China to Set Up $1Bil Peace Fund and Cancel Debt of Poor Countries“This is the best story in the world today—these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty,’’ World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.The World Bank set its extreme poverty line based on purchasing power for basic food, clothing, and shelter for the purposes of their survey, defining it as income of less than $1.90 per day.The World Bank and United Nations both have goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030.Photo: World BankShare the Wealth of Good News… (Click to Share)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

University appoints information technology vice president, chief information officer

first_imgJohn Gohsman, vice chancellor for information technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO) at Washington University in St. Louis, will serve as Notre Dame’s new vice president for IT and as its CIO, the University announced in a press release Wednesday. Gohsman will take over the position from Ron Kraemer, who announced in February he will be retiring.“John has a long and distinguished career in information technology at major research universities, and we look forward to him bringing his knowledge and expertise to Notre Dame,” John Affleck-Graves, the University’s executive vice president, said in the release. “Ron Kraemer has developed an exceptional team and culture, and I have every confidence that John will carry on in that tradition.”With a bachelor’s degree in business data processing from Ferris State University, Gohsman spent 30 years leading the University of Michigan in adopting academic and administrative analytics and managing various innovative IT projects before joining Washington University’s faculty as its first CIO in 2013, the release said.As an expert in “strategic planning, IT governance, program, project and change management, and administrative, academic and business intelligence systems,” Gohsman will be responsible for overseeing IT infrastructure and developing enterprise systems, the release said.“[My wife] Mary and I are looking forward to joining the Notre Dame family,” Gohsman said. “Notre Dame has a strong reputation in academics, research and information technology. I look forward to building on the solid foundation, continuing the strong collaborative approach Ron has established, and working with an excellent and innovative OIT organization to further the mission of the University.”Tags: chief information officer, information technology, John Gohsman, Ron Kraemer, vice president for information technologylast_img read more

EB13: Lightweight Urgestalt Road Bike Weighs In, Plus Detail Photos

first_imgGerman brand Lightweight introduced their Urgestalt road bike in August, just prior to Eurobike, so we used the tradeshow to get closer and see where the complete bikes weighed in.The “archetype” frame comes in at a claimed 790g, and framesets including their new seatpost are catalogued at 1,340g with fork and headset. But when you add in their new Rennbugel handlebar, their wheels and a full build, here’s what it looks like… Cable ports work with either mechanical or electronic drivetrains. Nice to see a fat taper on such a light bike.There’s just enough room above the dropout to slide the rear cable/wire through, keeping it internal until the last minute.The seatpost is shaped just for this bike……and is held in place by a stealthy bolt on the bottom that simply pushes a wedge inside the top tube against the post.Stout rectanglar chainstays and a massive bottom bracket section should help keep things stiff and efficient where it counts, but the stays are pretty thin and ever so slightly flattened. That combo is increasingly common and lends to this bike’s plans for long distance riders.The included seatpost can be adapted to run either Monolink or standard saddles.The complete bike (sans pedals) tipped in at 5.93kg (13.07lb) with full Dura-Ace 9000.The Runnbugel handlebar starts dropping at the bend but has a fairly shallow drop. Claimed weight is just 168g!The center section morphs to flat faces that look pretty comfy. It’s otherwise a pretty round bar.Lightweight.infolast_img read more

UVM summit focuses on health, agriculture and rural economic development in Vermont

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Accessing health care and health insurance are significant challenges for farmers in Vermont and nationwide, creating obstacles for farm viability, health and well-being, job creation, business expansion and the ability to farm full-time. A day-long summit at the University of Vermont on Thursday brought together key stakeholders in Vermont’s health, agriculture, tax, government, and Extension sectors to share perspectives and discuss opportunities for collaboration and integration of the spheres of health and agriculture to better serve Vermont’s farmers.The intended outcome is to develop a statewide coordinated approach to addressing health and health insurance in the Vermont farm sector. This event is part of the ongoing USDA Health Insurance, Rural Economic Development and Agriculture research project (HIREDnAg(link is external)).In opening remarks, lead author University of Vermont Professor Shoshanah Inwood said Vermont farmers face a magnified version of the same issues and obstacles as small business owners everywhere face in regards to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act, cost of health care, time it takes to understand and deal with health insurance, and child care.“Agriculture is the least likely industry to offer health insurance,” Inwood told summit attendees.University of Vermont Professor Shoshanah Inwood. VBM photo.For labor-intensive Vermont dairy farms, which represents 77 percent of all agricultural sales in the state, there is little time to wrestle with forms or negotiate the Vermont Health Connect Website.Cash flow for health insurance also creates a barrier, Inwood said. Farmers will typically have unsteady income streams from month to month and year to year.Farmers also worry most about catastrophic injury. While catastrophic-only health insurance plans have low premiums, they have high deductibles. They also frequently lack dental and optometric coverage.Given that, the Platinum health insurance plans might present the best option, but the staggering monthly premiums bump into the cash flow problem. The 2017 monthly premium for a Platinum plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont) is $686.76/month for an individual or triple that for a family plan.An Health Savings Account allows for pre-tax savings to pay for out-of-pocket expenses like dental and deductibles, but HSAs also have higher deductibles that would be quickly eaten away by a hospital stay, and still have a significant premium.Those who attended the summit included UVM researchers, research partners from University of Maryland, nonprofit service providers, health insurance providers, technical assistance providers, Extension employees, VT State Agency employees from Dept of Labor, Agency of Agriculture, Dept of Health, Dept of Taxes, and Vermont Health Connect, as well as representatives from the office of Senators Leahy and Sanders and the USDA.Study Background and Purpose The project “Health Insurance Economic Development and Agriculture” (HIREDnAg) is a project lead by researchers at The University of Vermont and the Walsh Center for Rural Health Policy, NORC at the University of Chicago. The goal of this national study is to understand how health insurance influences farm family decision making, quality of life, and economic development.Farming ranks among the most dangerous occupations in the US (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2013). Health and safety risks inherent in agricultural work include sun and heat exposure, heavy lifting and bending that lead to chronic back and joint pain, operating farm machinery, exhaustion, exposure to disease from farm animals, handling chemicals and dangerous materials. Mental health issues can be exacerbated by economic hardships, chronic pain, stress, long hours, and solitude.Health insurance is one way to access and pay for needed health care. Having health insurance increases the likelihood of accessing preventive care and treatment in a timely manner, improving health outcomes, and reducing medical debt (Dorn, 2008). Farming families who are uninsured or underinsured can accrue crushing medical debt which can increase financial risk, lead to farm foreclosure, and reduce overall quality of life. While most farmers had health insurance from off-farm jobs, 20% had outstanding debt from medical bills with 25% reporting health care expenses contributed to their financial problems (Lottero, Pryor, Rukavina, Prottas, & Knudson, 2009).In addition to the occupational farmer health and safety concerns, studies have consistently found that longtime farmers, beginning farmers, and hired workers identify the high cost of health insurance as a major barrier to job creation and the ability to farm full-time (Inwood, 2015; Mishra, El‐Osta, & Ahearn, 2012; Ohio Rural Development Partnership, 2006;Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, 2011; Young Farmers Coalition, 2011).Farmers and ranchers make health insurance decisions from two perspectives:1) “Farmer and Family” health insurance decisions are made for themselves and their families, and;2) “Farmers as employers” producers decide if and how to offer health insurance to employees.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has introduced federal and state health care policy changes and has implications for how farmers and ranchers source health insurance, need for off-farm jobs, and requirements for employee-mandated health insurance (Ahearn, Williamson, & Black, 2014). Differences in how ACA markets are being implemented across states may lead to variation in adoption by agricultural enterprises, with implications for farm family and farmworker health. Little is known how ACA reforms will influence the way farm and ranch families’ structure and grow their enterprises, manage risk, and balance labor resources.Utilizing interviews and surveys in ten study states, the core objectives of the HIREDnAg Project are to:Understand how health insurance influences he way operators’ structure their enterprise; manage family and business resources; impact farm labor supply, and; operator and farm worker health, vitality, and quality of life.Conduct a needs assessment of farm and ranch technical assistance providers (farm viability and business planning professionals and tax accountants). Develop outreach and educational tools that can assist farmers and ranchers understand health insurance options.Communicate the results of the study to national and state policy makers to inform them about how health insurance impacts the vitality of the farm sector and the overall rural American economy.The ten case study states were selected based on several criteria:Active agricultural base, regional, and production variation;Medicaid expansion policy;State receptivity to participating in the studyIn this HIREDnAg case study profile series, we examine the health insurance and agriculture sector in each of the ten case study states. The health insurance policy landscape shifts rapidly; these reports are based on data accurate as of July 2016. Additionally, all agricultural data reported in this series are from the 2012 Census of Agriculture (United States Department of Agriculture, 2012).VermontVermont is the second least populated state in the U.S. with a population of 620,453 residents in 2014 (United States Census Bureau, 2014). Vermont expanded Medicaid and is operating a State-Based Marketplace with two participating insurers. (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2016; The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2016). Between 2009 and 2014 the rate of uninsured residents dropped by 42.3% from 53,192 to 30,716. In 2014, 5.0% of the population remained uninsured , the lowest rate of uninsured beyond Massachusetts (Redmond, 2015). Overall, 45.5% of the population has health insurance through employment alone, while 19.0% reported health insurance coverage through Medicaid or other means-tested programs alone (United States Census Bureau, 2009, 2014). Vermont is one of the states with the highest number of Medicaid recipients per capita (O’Gorman, 2015) with a Medicaid enrollment increase of 38.0% between 2006 and 2016 (Redmond, 2015).Farm Size and Type The majority of agricultural sales in Vermont are from dairy product and livestock. Out of $776.1 million in sales, over $598 million (or 77.19%) were related to livestock including $504 million in milk. Maple syrup and hay represented the largest sales in crops with over $88 million (11.4%) in sales.Between 2007 and 2012, the number of farms increased by 5.1% (from 6,984 farms to 7,338 farms) while farm sales increased by 15.2% (from $673 million to $776 million). Of the 7,338 farms, the majority (84.9%) are considered hobby or small farms with sales under $1,000 and $100,000 respectively, 6.6% are considered medium with sales between $100,000 and $250,000 and 8.5% are considered large with sales over $250,000. However, the majority of the sales come from the large farms (66.6% of the sales) (Figure 3). In Vermont, 7.5% of farms are certified organic.Marketing Orientation Twenty eight percent of the Vermont farms reported direct sales to consumers, 13.8% engaged in value adding activities while 4.5% of farms reported selling through a CSA (Figure 4). A very small minority of farms 2.1% reported any tourism activity.Farmer Population There are 12,257 farm operators in Vermont including 7,338 principal operators. The average age of the principal operator in Vermont is 57.3 years old, 54.9% of the principal operators were 65 years and older while 11.1% of the principal operators where under the age of 35. Farming was the primary occupation for 51.5% of the principal operators while 69.5% of households reported that farming accounts for less than 25% of their total household income. Women farm operators (including first, second, and third) account for 38.4% of operators compared to the national average (30.5%). Minorities account for 4.7% of the general population in Vermont, but only 1.7% of farm operators (Figure 5) (United States Census Bureau, 2014). Minorities counted in this figure include Hispanic, Black, Native American and Asian farmers. Beginning farmers in this area represent 22.3% of the principal operators compared to 18.1% at the national level.Health Insurance Information and Programs for the Agricultural Sector Nationally, USDA refers farmers and ranchers to the national website healthcare.gov. Given state health insurance policy variations we examined if states have specific health insurance programs or outreach efforts directed towards farmers by consulting the websites of the state agencies of agriculture, state extension services, and state exchange (when applicable). The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and University of Vermont do not currently provide health insurance information for the agricultural sector. Vermont Health Connect, the State-Based Marketplace, provides resources for small business owners through the SHOP Employer Guide, as well as a fact sheet to help legal migrant farm workers obtain health insurance.About the Authors Florence Becot is a research specialist at the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies and a PhD student in the University of Vermont Food Systems Program.Shoshanah Inwood is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont.Lucy McDermott is a community manager at the Collaborative Health Network in Maine. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelors’ degree in economics and minors in community development and political science in 2016.Source: UVM. 11.3.2016. 1 The rate of uninsured residents does not include the institutionalized population. The U.S. Census Bureau defines the institutionalized population as “people who are primarily ineligible, unable, or unlikely to participate in the labor force while residents of institutional group quarters” (https://ask.census.gov/f(link is external) faq.php?id=5000&faqId=6669).last_img read more