Commencement Kudos

Center for Rural Affairs’ policy assistant and intern Rhea Landholm graduated from Wayne State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications on May 5, 2007. Rhea graduated from the honors program with high honors, and also wore an honors cord for Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Honor Fraternity. Way to go, Rhea!

Time to Apply for a Value Added Producer Grant Is Now

The United States Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for almost $20 million in Value Added Producer Grants to develop value-added agricultural business ventures and renewable energy sources. May 16th is the deadline to apply for a Value-Added Producer Grant. Farmers, ranchers or groups of producers with an idea that would add value to products raised on their farms or ranches are eligible.

Dear Senator Nelson

The following letter was set to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson by Center for Rural Affairs' Board Member Jim Knopik. Jim was kind enough to share the letter with us for publication here as well.

We Are Not Alone

While those of us working in Lyons spend pretty much all of our time thinking about the good old US of A, every once in a while we run across something that makes us realize, yet again, that the challenges facing rural America are often similar to the challenges facing rural areas in other countries as well. From the BBC:

Rural France Struggles to Survive


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