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Compassion and Care Reflect the Best Human Values

I was four when mom fell and cut her leg while gardening. After that, she had trouble walking. What I didn’t understand at the time was that rheumatoid arthritis had been slowly creeping into her joints for years. She was on her way to becoming bedridden.

Thus I began learning my way around the kitchen at age five. When I started school a year later, it was my responsibility to walk the two blocks home during lunch period and prepare a meal for mom.

Sustainable Farming Ideas and Resources Offered for Veterans

Missouri's Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Center for Rural Affairs will host an informational session for Veterans at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The session, Sustainable Farming Ideas and Resources for Veterans, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) It will be held at the Lorenzo J. Green Building on 900 Leslie Boulevard in Jefferson City.

Special Series: Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission

Writer Loren Flaugh, a longtime friend of the Center, is uniquely interested in energy. Living in Central Iowa, a region heavily committed to renewables, he’s had no shortage of inspiration. Loren enjoys a front-row seat as his region reaps the benefits of renewable energy investment.

It wasn’t long ago that he realized most of these benefits – clean air, low rates, and local economic development – depend on infrastructure that moves that energy from where it’s produced to where it’s needed most.

Rooted in Place, Speaking Nationally

Just this week, I heard from people in New Jersey and England. Both wrote to say the values of the Center connected with them.

The writer from New Jersey asked a question. “Your work appears to be applicable to rural communities in any state, but the discussion on your website often seems to focus on the midwest and central plains. Are the challenges faced by rural communities in other regions on your radar screen?”

The answer is yes.

SNAP Benefits and Rural Households

Our newest report looks at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by where people live. SNAP is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture and offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

Our report Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rural Households makes the following findings based on federal Census Bureau data:

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