Nationwide: President Obama signed an executive order establishing the White House
Rural Council on June 9, 2011. The council will work to “coordinate develop-ment of policy
recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall
coordinate my Administration’s engagement with rural communities.”
July has arrived, and South Dakota MarketPlace is fast approaching. Register here before July 19 to take advantage of early-bird rates. With tons of networking, 30 sessions, and the opportunity to make connections, Huron is the place to be on July 26 & 27.
New York: State Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, was preparing to introduce legislation allowing maple syrup producers to tap trees on state-owned land, with revenue from the leases going to fund agricultural conservation easement programs.
Mark and Susan Ramaeker own and operate Ramaeker Organic Farm near Columbus, Nebraska. They employ a crop rotation including wheat, popcorn and soybeans integrated with plantings of alfalfa to increase fertility and control weed problems.