A leading force engaging people and ideas in building a better future for rural America.
At an early age, I learned to care about my community and the world around me from my parents. It was only a matter of time before I became active in my community, engaging in local debates over school consolidation and corporate control of livestock.
In college, I immersed myself in environmental and agricultural ethics, and wrote a master’s thesis on the moral obligation to save the family farm. Today, I make good on that obligation, and a larger obligation to all rural residents.
Here in Lyons, I like that I can participate in national debates and stay rooted in a town of 860 people at the same time. On my 12 acres outside of town, I enjoy chopping wood, working in the garden and tending a small flock of sheep. If you are in the area, stop by for a visit.
I'm Dan Owens, a Rural Policy Program Organizer at the Center for Rural
Affairs. I'd like take a moment to welcome you to the new home of the
Blog for Rural America, within the Center for Rural Affairs website.
If you come around here often you've probably noticed some changes on the site in the last couple of weeks. It started with a face-lift of our design about two weeks ago, then a whole new front page, and now a new feature on the blog.