Tell Ag Secretary Perdue to stop delaying fairness rules

The new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has a big job ahead in running the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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The president, rural voters and our future

In last fall’s election, enough rural voters switched party allegiance to account for Trump’s victory in several key Midwest and Rust Belt states.
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Link to rural development

The U.S. continues to develop new clean and renewable energy resources to replace aging, carbon-emitting generating facilities. Lightly populated rural areas provide ample space for this new development, namely wind energy.
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Personification of the challenges of rural health access

Rural America has once again taken its place in the national health care debate.
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Energy efficiency can help rural families save money

Families below the poverty line spend 8 percent of their income on electricity, a much larger proportion than higher income families, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
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What if the workers owned it?

By Brian Depew Center for Rural Affairs The owners of a mid-sized manufacturing plant in a nearby small town were ready to retire, but no one in the next generation was interested in taking over. The plant was sold to an out-of-state buyer with no local ties. The business was profitable, but the new owners chose to merge operations and close the local plant. The story is familiar in small towns....
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USDA comment period is extended for three ‘Farmer Fair Practice Rules’

There is still time to comment on three “Farmer Fair Practice Rules” introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in December. The comment period has been extended to March 24.
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Ask about Whole-Farm Revenue Protection

Many farmers rely on crop insurance to help manage the risks of farming. Crop insurance is known for covering major commodity crops, however, there’s a new crop insurance policy that expands what commodities farmers can insure.
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Time to call your legislators

With legislative sessions in full swing, it is vital for rural constituents to contact legislators regarding issues that affect our communities.
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Pollinators are essential for the world’s many crops

The majority of Americans pay little attention to pollinators — bees, butterflies, wasps, moths and other insects.
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