Weekly Column

Rural People on the Front Lines of Climate Change

These past few weeks Center for Rural Affairs staff have been busy talking to rural people about climate change.

The economic health and vitality of rural communities is closely tied to industries dependent on a stable climate, like farming, ranching, forestry, and tourism. These industries employ rural people and keep our communities viable.

Boosting Entrepreneurship in Rural America

In rural and small town America, the best way to create jobs and expand economic opportunity is fostering entrepreneurship and small business. On America’s country roads that means value added agriculture and niche marketing. Such entrepreneurship keeps wealth in rural communities, enhances farm and ranch profitability, revives rural mainstreets and helps young families get a start in agriculture.

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