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Corporate Farming Notes: Industrial Hog Operation Divides Community

The December 27, 2013, New York Times examines another industrial livestock operation dividing a community and troubling the nearby rural and small town residents (2,500 Pigs Join Debate Over Farms vs. Scenery). This time it is the people of Mount Judea and residents of the Buffalo River watershed in Arkansas, but we’ve reported similar accounts from many other locales across rural America.

Farm Bill Stumbles as Big Business Seeks to Strip away Reform

Reaching a final farm bill deal in Washington hinges on a major stumbling block - payment limits.

Let’s review where we’re at. Thanks to a strong showing from grassroots supporters like you, both the House and the Senate versions of the farm bill include identical farm program payment limit reform. 

Develop New Leaders in Your Community

Never underestimate the need for leadership. But also never underestimate the leaders among us – the folks who step up to organize a community garden or a school bake sale. They see something that needs to be done in their town, and they do it.

Leaders provide the vision and direction for getting things done. Without them, it’s difficult to accomplish things. But it’s hard to picture someone as a leader if they haven’t had a chance to grow into it. So how do you go about developing them?

Rural America Needs Farmers and Farm Program Reform

Thanks to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), both the Senate and House versions of the farm bill include a strict limit on farm program payments. Some Farm Bill Conference Committee members want to remove those farm limits, but that would be a mistake.

From the Ground Up: Confronting Community Concerns in Clean Energy

Yesterday we released an important clean energy report. It examinines clashes that can arise between communities and transmission line developers, based on experiences in real communities. And it proposes a set of solutions to the key issues. The report is called From the Gound Up: Addressing Key Community Concerns in Clean Energy Transmission.

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