Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack reflects on a meeting held with leaders of rural organizations and the crucial points raised during the discussion on building stronger rural communities across the nation.
Posted by Kimberly Teehee on July 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM
Kimberly Teehee, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, reflects on the one year anniversary of the Tribal Law and Order Act, which improves the ability of Indian tribes to investigate and prosecute crimes impacting tribal communities.
Posted by Glen and Jacqueline Young on July 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM
Glen and Jacqueline Young, who received aid from the USDA's FSA Emergency loan Program, reflects on how friends and family in the community came together to help them rebuild after a devastating tornado.
Mark Timm, an owner of Colby Creek Stables, recounts the obstacles and triumphs he and his wife encountered when transforming the family business into a self-supporting operation via sustainable and renewable energy.
Posted by Ruth Hambleton on July 21, 2011 at 6:27 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 3:12 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 8:04 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.