Rural residents grapple with shifting long-term care system

Across the nation, Americans are making tough decisions about long-term health care for themselves and their loved ones.
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Lesser-known broadband policy leaves rural areas out

By Johnathan Hladik Center for Rural Affairs Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st century economy. Access to broadband internet offers the best in education, health care and economic development. Unfortunately for many, the best isn’t available. More than 24 million Americans lack broadband access. This includes 31 percent of households in rural areas, but only 2 percent in urban....
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National Water Quality Month highlights need for farm bill conservation programs

August is National Water Quality Month and, as we celebrate, lawmakers are negotiating the 2018 farm bill.
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Rural farmers markets harvest demand for healthy food

Large, hand-painted signs lean against a tent, the buzz of friendly conversation cuts through the humid air, and the smell of fresh produce drifts in the breeze — you’ve found yourself at a farmers market.
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We surveyed farmers: conservation is important

Many farmers and ranchers value the opportunity the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) offers to enhance their existing conservation efforts, according to a survey we completed last year.
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Value-added producers benefit from grants, according to report

Businesses that receive Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) are less likely to fail and are more likely to hire employees, according to a May 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) report.
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Center for Rural Affairs | Overcoming three types of biases

While many people are familiar with the concept of bias, having a deeper understanding of what it is and how it manifests is often the first step in circumventing negative ramifications.
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When the dust settles, farmers focus on land stewardship

By Cora Fox Center for Rural Affairs   In recent past, the Great Plains has experienced extreme weather conditions. Most recently, we witnessed very high winds combined with dry conditions, resulting in dust clouds reminiscent of the 1930s. With a challenging agricultural economy, partnered with changes in land values, larger equipment, and farming practices, many farmers and ranchers are...
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Giving farmers a helping hand

Whether you are a beginning farmer or have been farming for 30 years, it is important to know resources are available to assist you in your farming venture — through education, technical assistance, mediation, or counseling.
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USDA ignored public support of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule

The Center for Rural Affairs stands for rural communities and we, too, believe that an essential foundation for vital rural communities consists of a healthy economy and diverse farming models.
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