Over 282 farm, rural, faith, environment, farmworker and consumers organizations are urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the repeal of the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law and support commonsense food labeling.
“Polls show that nine out of ten Americans support COOL,” the organizations noted in a letter, adding, “consumers continue to demand more and more information about their food and producers want to share that information.”
The broad coalition is opposed to the legislation which aims to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and
A new USDA report shows that reducing rural population loss may depend less on retaining young adults after they graduate from high school and more on attracting them back in their early 30s.
Population loss is a real problem in rural America. In nearly half of today’s nonmetropolitan (rural) counties, more people have moved out than moved in during every decade since 1950.
Young people often leave small towns and rural communities in search of an education, find a job, join the military, build personal relationships, or otherwise gain life experiences in a different locale.
According to a new report from the United States Department of Agriculture, the poverty rate for children under 18 living in rural areas is more than four percentage points higher than the metro child poverty rate.
In 2013, the nonmetro/metro difference in poverty rates was greatest for children under six years old (30.3 percent nonmetro and 23.9 percent metro).
According to the report:
Child poverty is more sensitive to labor market conditions than overall poverty, as children depend on the earnings of their parents
Nothing says grassroots politics in Iowa quite like a long row crock pots nesteled between large containers of home make salads. And if the diversity of dishes is any sign of success, the Northwest Iowa Immigration Reform Potluck on January 11, 2014 was a major hit.
Led by Haorld Hieie, of CASA Sioux County, over 50 people from 9 northwest Iowa communities joined together and discussed strategies for making Iowa's District 4 a more welcoming place at Our Place, a new mulitcultural center in Storm Lake.
The sessions were all recorded and you can watch them here:
During the civil rights movement, the Greensboro Four — Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond -- were all still teenagers in their freshmen year when they sparked a five month desegregation campaign that inspired millions.
Most of us have probably heard the story before, but too often, one important fact is missed. The Greensboro Four were all friends before they were advocates.
At the whites only counter, McNeil and McCain were the first to take seats. About 12 white people were taking afternoon coffee breaks.
There’s no doubt about it, most people on Twitter live in urban areas -- and it's going to be a while before anything changes there. Urban internet users are twice as likely as rural residents to use Twitter, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Survey in December 2010.
So if you’re going to make Twitter part of your rural campaign, it’s important that you’re smart about it -- otherwise, you’ll just end up talking to yourself.
So what’s the best way to find your local Twitter audience? Easy, it’s Follower Wonk.
Follower Wonk has been around awhile -- it’s an oldy, but a goody.
The 2012 Farm Bill -- Obama's first Farm Bill -- is starting it’s journey through Congress. So now, after 5 years, we need to reeducate ourselves and start paying attention to the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the Federal Government.
The other day, for a research project, I compile a list of ten organizations and websites working to improve the lives of family famers. This is the list I came up with. What do you think? Did I missing anyone?