The Inevitable Outcome

Yesterday, I was in Slayton, Minnesota (pop. 2,000) talking to a large group of community leaders. It was inspiring to see so many people who were concerned about the future of rural America and how dedicated they were to improving that future.

My Deepest Sympathies

Well, it is official. The majority of the world's population is now living in urban areas:

There’s no big countdown billboard or sign in Times Square to denote it, but Wednesday, May 23, 2007, represents a major demographic shift, according to scientists from North Carolina State University and the University of Georgia: For the first time in human history, the earth’s population will be more urban than rural. [Full Article Here]

Surprise, Surprise

As we all know, renewable and "alternative" fuels are all the rage lately. Sometimes we forget that promoting conservation is the single most important thing we can do to lessen our dependence on foreign energy sources, decrease carbon emissions, and generally lessen pollution of all sorts. It cannot be emphasized enough. And lo and behold, in today's NY Times, experts everywhere agree:

Memorial Day

If you only read this blog, you might think that the 2007 farm bill is just about the only thing of any import going on in the world. That, obviously, is not the case. There are many other issues that are important to rural America that the Center for Rural Affairs does not have the time, resources, or expertise to work on.

CSP Goes Down, and the Anonymous Quotes Begin

It is official- The House Conservation Subcommittee's mark of the 2007 farm bill Conservation title will not include any money for new Conservation Security Program sign-ups for the next five years. The mark will now be sent to the full House Agriculture Committee, where the next opportunity to find money for this vital program will occur.


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