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Prepare Youth to Build a Better Rural America

We teach a lot in our schools, but there is something more we could be teaching and it could be a crucial tool for helping rural America thrive.

Rural Development Testimony to U.S. Senate

Statement of Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs of Lyons, Nebraska to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Rural Development Hearing on February 13, 2007.

The 2007 farm bill presents an opportunity.  Small scale entrepreneurship is a proven strategy to revitalize rural communities.    It can create genuine opportunity across rural America with the support of a modest investment by the federal government.

Transformational Farm policy: Will it Work?

Comments by Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs of Lyons, Nebraska to Farm Policy and the Rural Economy: Alternative Approaches to the Economic Challenges – a research and policy workshop sponsored by the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy and the Economic Research Service of USDA, June 24, 2005, Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC.


A transformational farm policy can work, but only if we set clear objectives and design the policy accordingly.

The State of Rural America

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This speech was presented at the Center's Annual Meeting on November 10, 2001, in Sioux City, Iowa by by Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs.</i>
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This year the work of the Center goes forward in the midst of a profound national crisis. America has come under attack.
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Rural Revitalization

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<i>This speech was given before the Joint Agricultural Policy Listening and Advocacy Session in Ames, Iowa on August 24, 2001 by Jon Bailey, Rural Research and Analysis Program Director at the Center for Rural Affairs.</i>
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