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  • Posted by Karen Mills on August 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    A guide to the tools and the resources hard hit communities need to navigate and recover from these severe drought conditions



  • Posted by Matt Compton on August 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    President Obama meets with White House Rural Council to discuss the steps being taken to help farmers, ranchers, and small businesses wrestling with the historic drought.



  • Posted by Doug McKalip on July 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    The HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and USDA release the Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities guide to programs from the four agencies that rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life.



  • Posted by Jon Carson on July 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Today, the White House hosted a Google+ Hangout with Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and women leaders around the country to highlight efforts to strengthen local and regional food systems.



  • Posted by Anne Filipic and Stephanie Valencia on July 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    The White House honors thirteen Champions of Change who are combating youth homelessness in their communities. The First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on families around the country to support Team USA by getting active in their own communities. The White House joins USDA and inspiring women leaders in the field of local foods through a Google+ Hangout to hear their stories and answer your questions.



  • Posted by Kathleen Merrigan on July 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    In a live Google+ Hangout, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and White House Director of Public Engagement Jon Carson will join women leaders across the country to discuss local food and agriculture, answer questions submitted by the public, and launch the latest version of Compass, the interactive Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food map.



  • Posted by David L. Myers on June 28, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    When the Christian Valley Baptist Church in Boligee, AL was destroyed by last April's tornadoes, they faced an insurmountable repair bill. But members of an Ohio Mennonite congregation stepped in to help rebuild, finding housing at a congregation in Boligee that, possibly due to racial tension, had been burned down in 1996 and rebuilt.



  • Posted by John White, Judy Murphy, and Thomas Morris on June 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently hosted a conference call with rural community colleges to discuss federal resources avaiable to expand training for health information technology workers.



  • Posted by Jodi Gillette, Del Laverdure and Tracey A. LeBeau on June 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signs a Record of Decision approving the first-ever, utility-scale solar project in Indian Country.



  • Posted by Tom Vilsack on June 15, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    On June 11th the White House Rural Council celebrated it's first birthday. Last year, U.S. farm sector income reached a nominal record of $98.1 billion and record agricultural exports supported nearly a $43 billion trade surplus and 1.15 million American jobs. However, while progress has been made, we still have a great deal of work to do. It’s not time to let up.