Blog for Rural America

The Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization, is working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities. Permission to reprint items from this web log is hereby granted, on the condition that clear credit is given to the original source of the material. If the blog provides information for a story, please let us know by sending an email to johnc@cfra.org.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

NY Times Bestselling Author Thomas Frank headlines the Center for Rural Affairs Annual Gathering Feb. 26, 2005 in Norfolk, NE.

(Lyons, NE) – Best selling author Thomas Frank will be the guest speaker at the annual gathering for the Center for Rural Affairs on Saturday, February 26. The Center is celebrating 32 years of advocacy for rural America at the day-long event to be held at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast Community College campus in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Frank headlines a strong program of speakers and workshops on issues facing rural communities. The event will also include a small business fair featuring local microbusiness members of the Center’s Rural Enterprise Assistance Program (REAP). Registration starts at 9:30 am, and the program begins at 10:00a.m.

Topics for the multiple tracked “teach-in” sessions include small business strategies for rural regions, high value livestock markets and cooperatives, and a look at federal farm and rural policy including critical budget legislation. Development issues include wind power, agri-tourism, and a popular new model of community development. There are 17 different choices for participants to choose between.

“The annual gathering is a combination of a workshop, discussion group, and a party,” said Russ Gifford, Director of Communications for the Center. “Some topics highlight policies and practices that harm rural communities, and others demonstrate methods that individuals and communities can use to change the situation. Additional sessions will preview new opportunities.”

Chuck Hassebrook, executive director for the Center, will give the keynote address, “Why Rural Matters” over a lunch of locally grown food from family farms. Tickets for the lunch are $7.00 at the door.

Thomas Frank will speak at 4:00 p.m.

Called “the second coming of H.L. Mencken – but with better politics,” Thomas Frank brings Mark Twain’s “pen warmed up in hell” back to the examination of today’s politics. His best selling book “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” digs into the apparent contradiction of Midwesterners embracing a conservative agenda that is frequently at odds with their own self-interest. Frank’s conclusions are as searing as they are far-sighted.

Hassebrook will conclude the day with a look at “Where We Go from Here.”

“The goal is to empower people,” says Hassebrook. “Individuals, communities, and organizations can make a difference. Rural America is vital to the interests of all America, and we will not allow it to become an endangered species.”

For further information call 402 687-2100. For a complete schedule of events, visit our website at www.cfra.org/annualgathering.htm .

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Established in 1973 the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Lyons, Nebraska. The Center works to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

8 Comments:

  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger Chuck said…

    I'm impressed that you're blogging! Not many in agriculture are doing so, yet.

    I just posted a link to your blog on mine at:

    http://zimmcomm.blogspot.com/2005/02/new-ag-blog.html

     
  • At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Steve Larrick said…

    I was unable to attend the Center's annual meeting. Are there any links to stories about the meeting and about what Thomas Frank had to say?

    Thanks,

    Steve Larrick

     
  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger Center for Rural Affairs said…

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for checking out our "blog". Sorry we didn't get back to you sooner. It's been busy around here.

    In answer to your question, the Wayne Stater did a really nice piece on Thomas Frank's presentation. Here's the link: WSC Wayne Stater.

    There are probably other pieces out there but we haven't tracked them down yet. If you see one, please let us know.

    Thanks!

     
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