In 1976 my best friend and I attended a speech by then Senator and former Vice President of the United States Hubert Humphrey. When we walked up to shake his hand, he said he was pleased to see two very young men interested in government. Then he said something I’ve never forgotten.
If given the opportunity to make a difference in our democracy, would you take it? Rachel did. A farmer from Alabama, she was in Washington, DC for a conference and decided to participate in their Lobby Day.
If Main St. is thriving in your small town, chances are good your community has benefited from federal programs aimed at rural development. From your community’s utilities and sewer system to small business assistance to rural energy, the Department of Agriculture does a lot of work and only uses about 1.7 percent of USDA’s budget. That equals about $40.68 for every rural resident.
Access to reliable, affordable broadband Internet service across all of rural America is key to the
future success of our small towns and businesses. But policymakers have been slow to respond to this