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Opportunities and Challenges in Ag Census

USDA’s Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that should help the agency respond to opportunities in American agriculture, such as the 14,000 more farms claiming farming as their primary occupation than there were in 2007.

However, in the size categories from 50 to 999 acres nearly 56,000 fewer farms were reported nationally. 
And there was a net loss of over 96,000 farms in the 35-54 age group categories.

New Generations Legacy

The Center for Rural Affairs is working on an exciting new project to help get more beginning farmers and ranchers on the land.

Managed by our Granary Foundation, the New Generations Legacy program will receive agricultural land from interested donors. The land will then be rented to qualified beginners. As beginners become established, they will have the option to buy the land. All beginners will be qualified based on financial need, reasonable acreage limitations, and an agreement to practice sustainable agricultural practices.

Rural Electric Co-ops Can Renew Community Spirit

I tore a page out of my rural electric co-op newsletter last fall. It is pinned it to my wall. I read it every day. It says, “Electric co-ops were constructed with lines, poles, and the foolhardy notion that we all prosper by helping each other.”

It’s so true. The co-operative spirit that brought electric service to rural America represents the community-driven values of small towns – values the Center works to uphold today.

Byway of Art Project a Finalist!

A handful of neighboring communities and the Center for Rural Affairs are finalists for an ArtPlace grant: a nationwide competition to fund various avant-garde ‘public art’ projects.

Accessible and built from community involvement and collaboration, public art often speaks to a community’s sense of ‘place.’ Communities gain social, cultural, and economic value. Public spaces are invigorated, and communities gain uniqueness.

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