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If Rural America Really Mattered

About a year ago I wrote a letter to Senator Tom Harkin on behalf of my family expressing our concerns about the future of Dougherty and Sheffield, Iowa – the small, rural communities around which I grew up. In particular, I pointed out that, absent real payment limits and livestock market reforms in the farm bill, the family farms and rural communities around our small farm will continue to decline.

Corporate Farming Notes

The farm bill was pretty good for corporate farms. No farm program payment limits, of course, but, just as disconcerting, the conference committee also stripped a provision from the Senate farm bill that would have prohibited meatpackers from owning livestock.

Development Matters

At times we lament how 35 years of growth and maturation constrain us – concerns that Don Ralston and Marty Strange did not have in the early days. Established organizations run the risk of becoming complacent.

That is why we plan to double annual revenues from individual contributions within five years.

MarketPlace in Colorado and Nebraska

The Center for Rural Affairs is collaborating with the Colorado Rural Development Council (CRDC) as the Supporting Sponsor to hold the First Colorado Entrepreneurship MarketPlace on October 10, 2008, at the Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colorado.

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