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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Center to Discuss Rural Development in Minnesota

Center for Rural Affairs to Discuss Rural Development in the 2007 Farm Bill

Kathie Starkweather and Dan Owens, Policy Organizers for the Center for Rural Affairs, will be featured at roundtable discussions on rural development in the 2007 farm bill October 10-12 in Marshall, Bertha and Bemidji, Minnesota. The meetings are hosted by the Minnesota Rural Partners, Northern Great Plains, Inc., and the Center for Rural Affairs.

Starkweather and Owens will discuss the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2007 farm bill proposals which will increase investment in and provide strong support for the development of genuine and sustainable rural economic opportunity in America. The Center’s rural development proposals for the 2007 farm bill focus on entrepreneurial development in rural areas; strategies to build assets and wealth for rural people and in rural communities; beginning farmers and ranchers; and entrepreneurial opportunities for farmer and ranchers through producer owned value added enterprises.

The Center for Rural Affairs is asking for input from local organizations and individuals so that the 2007 farm bill will ensure that all rural Americans have access to genuine economic opportunity and the chance to contribute to their rural communities.

Media packets, including copies of the Center for Rural Affairs’ rural development proposals for the 2007 farm bill will be available at each event. For background information on the Center for Rural Affairs go to –

Location – Marshall-Lyon County Library, 301 W Lyon St., Marshall, MN
Date - Tuesday, October 10, 2006 10 a.m.--2 p.m.

Location – Bertha Community Center, Main Street
Date – Wednesday, October 11, 2006 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

Location – Beltrami Electric Company, 4111 Technology Drive NW
Date – Thursday, October 12, 2006 10 a.m.--2 p.m.

To arrange interviews or other media needs, contact John Crabtree, 402-687-2103 ext. 1010


  • At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good, we need to hold Colin Peterson's feet to the fire up here, no one around here does


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