Farm bill program supports rural businesses

Rural entrepreneurs are often important members of their communities. The upcoming farm bill offers a significant opportunity to support those entrepreneurs and their rural businesses through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program.
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Local FARMS Act feeds rural economic needs

Where our food comes from matters — for our health, for the vitality of our communities, for our wallets and for the environment. One of the Center for Rural Affairs’ goals is to connect the local people who grow and make food with the local people who eat it.
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Value-Added Producer Grant funds available

At Robinette Farms, funds from the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program help pay for processing, marketing, distribution and sales of pasture-raised chickens, eggs and microgreens.
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Farm bill renewal is on the horizon

Congress will write a new farm bill in 2018. Initiatives that support conservation, beginning farmers, local and regional markets, and rural businesses are up for debate.
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Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

The challenges that try rural communities in nearly all aspects of health care — greater travel distances, fewer providers, heightened health concerns, lower incomes — also stand in the way of the delivery of behavioral and mental health care services.
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Celebrate local businesses on Nov. 25

Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore — a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike, and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000.
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Beginning farmers and ranchers benefit from act introduced in Congress

On Nov. 8, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act was introduced in Congress by Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.).
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23 million rural Americans are without broadband access

Disparity in rural high-speed internet access has recently garnered national attention.
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America’s family farmers and ranchers let down

Family farmers and ranchers have waited years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to institute basic fairness protections in the poultry and livestock industries.
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Revenue flow from powerlines varies from state to state

Transmission projects announced during the last 10 years are now beginning to come online.
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