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  • Posted by Kathleen Merrigan on July 13, 2012 at 9:52 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 4:56 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 9:20 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 5:13 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 3:13 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.



  • Posted by ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl on June 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    The Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) highlights the Livable Communities partnership between the ARC, EPA and USDA, providing technical assistance to small rural towns to help them develop and implement strategies for making their communities more livable and competitive.



  • Posted by Secretary Ken Salazar on June 15, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Secretary Salazar highlights Interior Department's investments in rural communities.



  • The President’s Executive Order and the US Ignite partnership are a two-pronged approach to help speed the delivery of broadband connectivity to communities, businesses, and schools across the Nation.



  • Posted by Doug McKalip on June 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Three federal agencies announced a new project to assist high-need rural areas facing chronic poverty along the U.S.-Mexico border. This new project is part of a series of initiatives delivered through the White House Rural Council, which recently released a report detailing the historic steps President Obama and this administration have taken to support rural America.



  • Posted by Arne Duncan on June 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    The White House Rural Council announces the U.S. Department of Education's new online community of practice group for rural schools.