Rural Briefs

Rural Briefs analyze Federal Executive, Legislative, and Administrative action concerning rural development and asset-building programs and initiatives. They are published quarterly and on special occasions. (Links open as pdfs)

Federal Rural Development in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula
Farm programs are getting the most attention in the 2012 farm bill debate, but rural development programs are bringing in more dollars to this region to fund important projects for communities and residents. -October 2011

An Analysis of Awardees of the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
This is a rural development program that has demonstrated real potential for creating jobs and economic opportunities in rural communities across the country. Even in the current budgetary climate, it is a worthy investment in America’s future. -October 11

Health Care Reform: What's in it? - Focus on Small Business
Our new Rural Brief debunks the top 4 myths about reform and small business and outlines when the benfits take effect. -May 10

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Looks at the provisions of the Stimulus Bill. -March 09

2008 Farm Bill: Leaving Rural Development Behind
On June 18, 2008, Congress completed action on the 2008 Farm Bill, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (HR 6124, Public Law 110-246). Compares funding for commodity subsidy programs, nutrition programs, conservation programs and rural development spending. -September 09

President Bush's 2009 Budget Proposal and Rural Development and Rural Assets Building Programs
President Bush released his Fiscal Year 2009 budget on February 3, 2008. While this $3.1 trillion budget for the entire federal government sets the parameters for future debate and deliberations in Congress, it is primarily a recommendation and the first step in the annual appropriations process. -January 08

Rural Development in the House Farm Bill
The vast majority of the rural development title approved by the Senate reauthorizes existing programs and sets annual authorized appropriation levels. This issue of the Rural Brief compares the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. -August 07

Analysis of the House Rural Development Subcommittee:2007 Farm Bill Rural Development Title
On July 27, 2007, the House of Representatives approved the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 - H.R. 2419. This is the House's version of the Farm Bill. Action now moves to the U.S. Senate, starting in the Senate Agricultural Committee. -July 07

Action Alert: Economic Development Opportunity! (Special edition to Nebraska)
Outlines a Building Entrepreneurial Communities Act (BECA)grant opportunity for economic development in low-income communities. -May 06

Rural Nebraska Tax Update (* Special edition to Nebraska)
Explains the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Act in Nebraska. -May 06

Senate Protects Rural Development and Rural Asset Building Programs
The major economic and community development policy initiative in the President’s FY2006 budget is the Strengthening America’s Communities Initiative (SACI). The SACI proposal would eliminate 18 economic and community programs and consolidate their activities into the new SACI program. -October 2005

House of Representatives Protects Rural Development and Rural Asset Building Programs
To date, the House has adopted appropriations bills for the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce and sent it on to the Senate. Other appropriations bills are at various stages of consideration in the House. -June 05

Strengthening America's Communities Initiative: Weakening Rural Communities
The major economic and community development policy initiative in the President’s FY2006 budget is the Strengthening America’s Communities Initiative (SACI). The SACI proposal would eliminate 18 economic and community programs and consolidate their activities into the new SACI program. -April 05

Congressional Funding of Rural Development and Rural Asset Building Programs
Since 2002, nearly every federal program that funds economic development and asset-building in rural communities has been cut, some by as much as 60 percent. -February 05

Rural Development and Rural Asset Building Programs
Rural America will lose more than one-third of its federal resources for rural economic and community development in the proposed new “Strengthening America’s Communities Initiative.” -February 05

The New Homestead Act
The New Homestead Act seeks to attract new residents and businesses to rural areas suffering high out-migration. The New Homestead Act would operate in “high outmigration” counties – those with out-migration of 10 percent or more over the last 20 years. -December 04

For more information on the Center's Rural Briefs or to sign up to receive new additions by email or postal mail, contact Kim Preston, kimp@cfra.org or 402.687.2103 x 1008.

Our Rural Brief series has been made possible through the support of the Ford Foundation and the Otto Bremer Foundation.

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