Posted by Ruth Hambleton on July 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM
Ruth Hambleton, founder of Annie's Project in Illinois, recounts her experience at the Rural Champions of Change roundtable and the importance of providing education, support, and networking resources for farm and ranch women.
Ross Racine, Executive Director of Intertribal Agriculture Council, reviews the history of government recognition of Indian American agriculture, and the need to improve Indian access to rural programs.
Posted by Deborah Kane on July 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM
Deborah Kane, Vice President of Food and Farms at Ecotrust, looks to connecting buyers with regionally grown food as not only a great way to support local farms, but also an economic investment in rural development.
Posted by Jason Frerichs on July 21, 2011 at 9:04 AM
Jason Frerichs, a farmer/rancher, educator, and lawmaker from Wilmot, South Dakota, speaks on the importance of broadband internet access in small towns and a competitive livestock industry to maintain producer confidence.
Bruce Ward, founder and senior adviser to Choose Outdoors, honors the rural way of life that helped make this country is what it is today, and how we can instill those characteristics in future generations.
Sue Noble, Executive Director at the Vernon Economic Development Association in Wisconsin, explains that rural communities can help win the future for America by providing infrastructure investment with regional food systems.
Posted by Lance Morgan on July 20, 2011 at 1:41 PM
Lance Morgan, member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and President/CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., speaks on the efforts for economic development in rural communities and opening job opportunities for tribal members.
Posted by Philip Johnson Haynie, III on July 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM
P.J. Haynie III, a member of the USDA's Plant Variety Protection Act Board and Agricultural Advisory Council in Virginia, recounts his experiences at the Champions of Change roundtable and relates it to his participation with the National Black Growers Council.
Posted by Everett Dobrinski on July 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM
Everett Dobrinski, a board chairman of CoBank, supports cooperatives as ways for farmers to work together on supply and marketing, rural communication, and financial needs to compete in a global economy.