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.
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 12:41 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 10:13 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 8:45 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.
Posted by Rick Huszagh and Crista Carrell on July 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM
Rick Huszagh and Crista Carrell, founders of Down to Earth Energy, explain how it is crucial to address the needs of rural America and stay competitive in the global market by inventing and implementing clean technologies.
Posted by Linda J. Barnes on July 19, 2011 at 8:59 AM
Linda Barnes, Ph.D., founder of the first associate degree program in sustainable agriculture in the Midwest, emphasizes preparing new farmers to grow and market diverse crops locally, especially in a changing world of food and farming.