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

Friday, July 22, 2005

Blog for Rural America

Blog for Rural America

There are so many web logs – blogs – on politics, domestic affairs and international events as well as sports, music, fashion and, of course, dog grooming. Rural America needs serious dialogue that focuses on rural people, places, opportunities and issues. Therefore, we are rebuilding and revamping our blog to serve farmers, ranchers, rural communities and everyone who cares about rural America.

When Don Ralston, Marty Strange and a courageous board first formed the Center in 1973, one of the first things they did was start a monthly newsletter. Even before they knew how to make their budget (or even had a budget) they started telling our story.

Our blog will certainly help us continue to tell our story. But just as importantly, it will help us listen to our friends, allies, critics and each other. As with any conversation it will only work if you will lend an ear and offer your advice as well. Thanks for visiting our “Blog for Rural America” – talk to us today – and come back often.


  • At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We need to have more BLOGs like this on the web as the Center for Rural Affairs has the best handle on what is actually happening in "rural America".

  • At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I totally agree! There are so many blogs that go off on a rant and forget about the real issues that affect rural America. The Center for Rural Affairs handles issues that really matter

  • At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like the idea of a Blog for Rural America. Just what the doctor ordered. I would like to know what the Center for Rural Affairs sees as the most important rural issue in Congress right now? Our Representatives will be back home for the August recess very soon and will be holding meetings and talking to folks. What should we be asking them about?

  • At 11:21 PM, Blogger Center for Rural Affairs said…

    I would argue that the most pressing rural issue facing Congress right now is the federal budget and how Congress will cut $3 billion from agriculture spending. Will they cut rural development, conservation and farm programs that benefit family farmers, ranchers and rural communities? Or will they put a cap on farm program payments to the nation's largest farms?

    Senator Grassley (R-IA), Senator Dorgan (D-ND) and a bipartisan group of Senators has proposed a cap of $250,000. Everyone who gets a chance to talk to their Senators and especially their Representatives should ask them to support payment limitations and Senator Grassley and Senator Dorgan have proposed.

    Representative Jim Nussle, in particular, will play a key role in this debate as Chair of the House Budget committee. If you live in Iowa and have the chance to see Representative Nussle, ask him to support payment limitations.

    John Crabtree
    Center for Rural Affairs
    Value. Worth. Action.


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