Huge Potential for Rural and Small Town America in the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is a middle class jobs and small business framework designed to help grow the Rural Economy with jobs and business opportunities that fit our small towns and wide open counties. At the moment GND is the umbrella concept for a series of proposals that incorporate good wages in a sustainable economy […]

From Elections to Fighting for Family Farmers, 2018 a Watershed Year

Another year, another set of goals met as our issue education and voter advocacy efforts to strengthen the bond among Rural, Suburban and Urban America stretched from the South to Appalachia through the Midwest and into the Plains, Rockies and Western Deserts. Our non-profit Rural Votes organization continues to expand its reach and has an […]

Tell Farm Bill Conferees to Support Strong Legislation

With the September 30 deadline looming, Congress is hurrying to finish the farm bill. The farm bill conference committee is slated to convene on September 5. During that meeting and subsequent meetings, 56 conferees from both parties and chambers of Congress will work to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation. Congressional agricultural […]

Senate Puts Up a ‘Softer’ Farm Bill, But There is Still a Big Fight Ahead

UPDATE 2: The stage is set for showdown between the House and Senate over the direction of the Farm Bill and whether Congress will maintain the longstanding tradition of protecting our Family Farmers, children, seniors, veterans and active duty families that are covered by its American Safety Net. In an all-too-rare demonstration of bipartisanship, the […]

GOP 2018 Farm Bill Doesn’t Spare Rural Americans Pain and Anguish; Hurts Our Farmers, Ranchers, Veterans, Seniors, Mothers, Retailers

It seems the Republicans just can’t help hurting their base voters. This time it’s the House GOP’s 2018 Farm Bill that is shaping up to be another affront to Rural America. The Farm Bill shortchanges farmers and ranchers and doesn’t make up for the money and jobs that will be lost to U.S. growers and […]

Roanoke & New River Valley: Virginia’s Rural Economic Gems on Track

The history, geography, diversity and one of the most successful and growing business and education partnerships anywhere make Virginia’s Roanoke and the New River Valley a model for growing a sustainable Rural Economy. A wave of educational, medical and economic growth is  forecast to erupt in the region amid job creating projects like the recently […]

Pandering Establishment GOP Governor Wannabe Ed Gillespie Alienates Both the Trump Base and the Mainstream Republicans in Virginia Race

It’s the worst of both worlds for Republican Ed Gillespie as the governor’s race enters the final weekend. Down the homestretch, Gillespie managed to disappoint (and is some cases anger) establishment Republicans with an inauthentic panic-driven foray into the world of Trump-style politics. As fears that a victory was moving out of reach, the Gillespie […]

Rural America Knows GOP Tax Plan: It was Tried and Failed in Kansas

What’s the easiest way to tell if any major government “reform” plan is a sham? If it isn’t rolled out with members of both parties at the microphone touting bipartisanship you probably need to be worried. We saw it with the GOP’s failed “repeal and replace” health care reform bills and now we are seeing […]

The Virginia Eastern Shore: Pristine Rural Setting Like None Other

Virginia’s Eastern Shore is one of the most unique Rural Settings in the entire United States, no doubt about it. One of America’s most pristine play-lands, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Chesapeake Bay to the West, the Delmarva Peninsula is as big a seasonal draw for tourism as there is in the […]

Work in Progress: Rural Southwestern Virginia Deserves a Boost

Rural Southwestern Virginia is home to hard working folks who just want a good steady job. Fortunately, state leaders have been working diligently the past couple of years to bring new, sustainable business and opportunity to Southwestern Virginia. For starters, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and community colleges in the region are retooling […]