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Creating Buzz About Pollinators

As wild habitat continues to disappear, so too do wild pollinators - the native bees, bats, birds, and butterflies that are dependent on this floral diversity to survive.
 
This wide-scale decline has triggered alarm for good reason: we need pollinators to eat and live. They are responsible for 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species.
 

Is Rural America Hazardous to Your Health?

This article was contributed by Jon M. Bailey, former Rural Policy Program Director at the Center for Rural Affairs. 
 
The question is based on a finding that many of the health issues that plagued rural America a decade ago are still prevalent, and in many cases getting worse. Over the past several years the Center for Rural Affairs has documented these issues in a series of reports.
 

Strong Longstanding Partnership with USDA Rural Development

The Center for Rural Affairs and the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project have had a fruitful, win-win partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development for many years.
 
The very first federal grant REAP received to begin our Hispanic Business Center work was a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant in 2004. Over the 25-year history of REAP, several USDA Rural Development grants have furthered our work and mission to strengthen rural communities through small, self-employed business development.

School Greenhouses Poised to Deliver Tasty and Lasting Changes

Planning is underway for two schools chosen to participate in our Greenhouse-Grown Organic Entrepreneurs program. Congratulations to East Butler Public Schools and York Public Schools!

East Butler and York will bring the farm to school during the 2015-2016 year. Growing edible and organic produce for school meals in the cafeteria, educating students about the sources of their food, and teaching entrepreneurial skills; it’s a triple win!

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