New Publications and Reports at our Website

The past month has seen the addition of four new Farm Bill-related publications on the CFRA website. They deal with payment limits, microenterprise, beginning farmers, and rural development.

Measuring the Quality of Life in Rural Areas

Good jobs, access to critical services, strong communities, and a healthy environment – how available are they in rural America

The key to quality of life is the ability to enjoy it. Few doubt that rural areas provide an enormous opportunity for quality of life amenities, but are we able to enjoy them like we should?

According to USDA research, the four key measures to quality of life in rural areas are:

- The availability of good-paying jobs
- Access to critical services, such as education and health care
- Strong communities
- A healthy natural environment


When I moved to Nebraska, I was told the Number One topic of conversation (after Husker football) was the weather. Of course, one could argue that no two people ever have a conversation about Husker football, but … I digress.

The weather is a very real and important topic to Nebraskans. However, it has not, in my experience, reached the top spot. Maybe it is the crowd with whom I surround myself, or maybe I pay more attention to the most often discussed topic of FOOD!

Across the Nation

Rural happenings from Nevada, Maine, Indiana, and Washington

Nevada: The Nevada Office of Rural Health is undertaking a program to develop more training opportunities for health care professionals in the state. Searching for new solutions to the shortage of rural health care providers, Nevada and other states are recognizing that recruiting students from underserved, rural communities is a promising way to overcome the challenge of long-term retention of health care professionals in rural communities.

Back to School Facts and Figures

As the nation’s students and teachers return to school, here are selected statistics about American schools, students, and the educational process. The information was compiled by Institute of Education Services and derives from the Institute’s research and statistical centers.

Elementary and Secondary Education Facts

- $489.4 billion –Projected expenditure for public elementary and secondary schools in the 2007-08 school year. Per pupil public school expenditures have increased by over $3,000 since 1990-91. It is projected that the 2007-08 school year will see per pupil spending ranging from $9,911 (low projection) to $10,070 (high projection), with an average per pupil expenditure of $9,969.


Get The Newsletter?