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Wheels of Fortune

The Center for Rural Affairs’ 1976 report Wheels of Fortune was intended to spur debate about irrigation trends in Nebraska. The report examined the impact of center pivot irrigation development on the ownership and control of farmland and water rights in the state.

President Bush's 2009 Budget Proposal and Rural Development Programs

President Bush released his Fiscal Year 2009 budget on February 3, 2008. While this $3.1 trillion budget for the entire federal government sets the parameters for future debate and deliberations in Congress, it is primarily a recommendation and the first step in the annual appropriations process.

The President's FY09 budget continues a trend of significant reductions in rural development funding since 2003. Of the 40 programs highlighted in this issue of the Rural Brief, President Bush recommends termination and zero funding for 20 of them.

Rural Development in the Senate Farm Bill

The vast majority of the rural development title approved by the Senate reauthorizes existing programs and sets annual authorized appropriation levels. This issue of the Rural Brief compares the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill.

HR 2419, as approved by the U.S. Senate on December 14, 2007, authorized a total of $479 million annually for Farm Bill authorized rural development programs. About 55 percent ($265 million) of that authorized spending is mandatory spending, or spending that must be included in the annual federal budget through the appropriation process.

Donors: Our Most Important Source of Support and Inspiration!

Thank you for your support!

People at the Center for Rural Affairs often refer to donations from our supporters as “our most precious resources.” Not only do they provide us with encouragement and inspiration, they are a crucial part of what has made the Center an independent voice in rural America for the last 35 years.

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Analysis of Rural Development in the House Farm Bill

On July 27, 2007, the House of Representatives approved the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 - H.R. 2419. This is the House's version of the Farm Bill. Action now moves to the U.S. Senate, starting in the Senate Agricultural Committee.

HR 2419 authorized a total of $456 million annually for Farm Bill authorized rural development programs. However, only $30 million of that authorized spending (about seven percent) is mandatory spending, or spending that must be included in the annual federal budget through the appropriations process.

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