Nov. Newsletter: Health Care, Rural Economic Recovery, Agriculture and more

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CFRA NewsletterThis month's newsletter includes articles on health care, rural economic recovery, agriculture, community development and more. Read the entire newsletter online here, or read some highlights below.

35 Years: Putting Rural in the National Media Spotlight
Since the Center for Rural Affairs first rose to attention in The New York Times in 1980, hardly a single year has passed without our work appearing in the paper, including two full-length opeds, one by founder Marty Strange and one by current director Chuck Hassebrook. Read the rest.

CFRA Organizing for Health Care Reform
$12,100 per year. This is how much researchers estimate the average family of four spends on health care premiums. Health care costs are rising at twice the level of inflation in 2007, and 45 million of us are uninsured. This was a significant issue in the 2008 election cycle, and we expect legislators to attempt a major overhaul in 2009. Read the rest.

Corporate Farming Note: Partial Victory on the Mega JBS Merger
The U.S. Justice Department and 13 state attorneys general filed a lawsuit with the U.S District Court in Chicago on October 20, 2008, seeking to stop the Brazilian meatpacker JBS's proposed acquisition of National Beef Packing. Read the rest.

Federal Incentives Give Boost for Renewable Residential Energy Systems
Utility-size turbines have enjoyed federal incentives for a decade or more, while small wind systems have been largely ignored since 1985. A new federal-level investment tax credit will help consumers purchase small wind turbines for home, farm or business use. Read the rest.

Across the Nation
Alabama: Dr. Regina Benjamin, who has twice rebuilt the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, has been awarded one of the 25 "Genius Grants" from the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Benjamin's clinic serves rural patients regardless of their ability to pay. Read the rest including items from Kansas, Vermont and nationwide.

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