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Packing plant companies’ actions hurt farmers and workers

The Center for Rural Affairs is committed to helping our local business partners cope with the economic impact of COVID-19. It’s part of our mission to build prosperous, healthy, and inclusive communities. And, it’s the right thing to do.

Long an important part of rural communities, scrutiny on meatpacking plant companies has intensified as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stories of rural resiliency: libraries live on with community support

A source of comfort, a home away from home, a creative outlet, and a place to expand knowledge and enlighten the minds of young and old alike—libraries are some of our most treasured resources.

Since the coronavirus pandemic has led to the closure of businesses of all kinds, rural Americans have missed out on many of the services generally available to them, especially through their local library.

Your View: Think small communities

They may not be big, but small businesses are having a huge impact in your rural community. Yet, when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law, Congress left them out.

While many businesses, such as retail, restaurants, salons and care providers, have been allowed to reopen amid new restrictions due to coronavirus concerns, small rural business owners with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) continue to face challenges, with many worried they may have to close their doors.

Iowa Legislative update - June 23, 2020

This year’s legislative session in Iowa was unprecedented. Taking place in two separate parts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state lawmakers adjourned for the final time this year on June 14. The final action of the Legislature was to pass a mostly status quo budget that closely aligned with last year’s spending levels. While it was an unusual year and several bills we supported were shelved, all progress wasn’t lost. 

Responding to COVID-19 in a multilingual way 

We have access to daily reports from public health officials about best practices and current health directives; however, attempting to fully comprehend the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic is difficult for everyone.

COVID-19 is close to home. We are surrounded by a deadly virus that has shut down businesses, schools, churches, and more.

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