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Income Inequality, Health, and Rural

This article was contributed by Jon M. Bailey, a former Center for Rural Affairs Policy and Research Director. Jon is continuing his long interest in exploring issues surrounding family economic security, especially in rural places.

Is Rural America Hazardous to Your Health?

This article was contributed by Jon M. Bailey, former Rural Policy Program Director at the Center for Rural Affairs. You can reach him at jonmbailey1@gmail.com.

Those of us who live in rural America often proclaim its positive attributes and its extraordinary quality-of-life.

However, a recent article in HealthLeaders Media raises an interesting question based on extensive data and surveys of rural health care providers. Is rural America hazardous to your health?

Let’s Talk Food Policy

Amy Radding, former Rural Community Foods Systems Specialist at the Center for Rural Affairs and currently a grant writer for us, contributed this article.

What governs our food system? In the United States, we have a huge array of laws, policies, and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels that affect how food is grown, processed, labeled, and sold, all the way from the farm to your plate. Collectively, this is called “food policy.”

Congratulations on Your 25th Anniversary!

This article was written by Ron Volkmer, Director of the Community Economic Development Clinic at Creighton University School of Law. The occasion is our small business development program - REAP's - 25th anniversary.

Since its inception in 2007, the Creighton University School of Law Community Economic Development Clinic (CED Clinic) has been privileged to work with the staff of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) of the Center for Rural Affairs.

Is Your Business Ready for Changes in Credit Card Processing?

This article was contributed by guest author Pat Kavan, a 16-year veteran of the credit card processing industry and a member of GROW Nebraska.

Change is underway in the credit card industry. NFC (near field communication: ApplePay, Google Wallet, etc.) and smart card implementation is happening now. It’s important to be ready for the future of payments.

A dizzying array of payment processors offer all kinds of pricing and options. Here’s advice on how to choose the correct set up for your business.

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