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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Center for Rural Affairs Offers Testimony on Farm Bill

Chuck Hassebrook, Center for Rural Affairs,

The next farm bill offers America a choice. We can continue the misplaced federal priorities destroying rural communities, or we can invest in creating a future in rural America.

That was the central message in written testimony submitted by the Center to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. We wrote:

“All Americans have a stake in the outcome. America is strongest when all of its communities are strong and all of its people have access to genuine opportunity. Rural America is a valuable part of America. But rural communities are not sharing in the nation’s prosperity. That hurts all of America.

We can create a better future for rural America and with that enhance the rural contribution to a stronger America. There are proven, practical, local strategies working to revitalize 21st century rural communities. But local initiative must be matched by federal policies that support rural revitalization rather than hinder it.”

Full text of the Center's Testimony to the Senate Ag Committee

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  • At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree with Chuck, especially when he says that all Americans have a stake in the next farm bill. I hope people take that to heart and get more involved in getting a better farm bill that helps our rural communities and our farmers.


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