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Risk Management Education for Beginners

One proven way for new farmers and ranchers to increase their share of the food dollar is through niche marketing. Risk management education is crucial in the planning and implementation of these types of plans.

Development Matters: You Did It!

You did it. We tried something new last month, and it worked, because so many of you took up the challenge of raising $15,000 by May 15th to support the fight for the future of rural America.

Greensburg, Kansas Rebuilds

Massive spring tornado destroys this rural town, but not its spirit — we list a variety of ways to help residents rebuild

On the morning of May 4, Greensburg, Kansas, was like the small towns in which many of us live and work – a vibrant business community with locally owned small businesses serving the town and neighboring farms and ranches, strong schools and churches serving as the heart and soul of the community, and unique and interesting examples of rural culture and tourism. By late that evening all had changed in Greensburg as a massive tornado destroyed most of the town and many nearby rural homes.

essay: Influencing the Farm Bill Debate

The opportunity to shape a debate that focuses on investing in the future and reforming excessive payments is at hand—be part of it

Congress has begun writing a new farm bill, and each of us who cares about rural America has a responsibility to help shape the outcome. The stakes are high.

The farm bill can foster new vitality for rural communities, small businesses, and family farms. There are three key principles. The farm bill must invest in our future. It must reform excessive payments that subsidize concentration and drive smaller producers off the land. And citizens of conscience must enter the fray.

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