National Farmers Union “Farmer’s Share” Indicates that only 11 Cents out of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar is Goes to the Farmers and Growers

WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the […]

Crunching the Numbers: GOP Tax Plan Doesn’t Add Up for Rural Workers UPDATED

As Republicans in Congress begin to try to steamroll through their $1.5 trillion tax cut plan for corporations and the super-rich, Rural middle and working class Americans should be prepared to take a hit in the wallet if the bill passes. While the bottom line numbers being floated by the GOP might sound seductive, take […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rural America, Can You Find Your Tax Cut in the GOP Plan? Nope.

Go ahead, Rural America, find your tax cut; bet you can’t unless you’re a Wall Street investor or a corporate CEO. It’s like a shell game on a New York City street corner, but this time it’s being played in Washington — and the “sucker” in this sham is mostly Rural America. Overall, one in […]

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due in Virginia

There is a lot at stake in the Virginia governor’s race on Nov. 7, beginning with maintaining the state’s robust economy built under Democratic stewardship in Richmond. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has played a big part in Virginia’s vibrant economy and has strongly made known his commitment making sure Virginia’s economy remains vibrant and continues to gather […]

Congress Must Fund Harvey Recovery Ahead of Petty Partisan Priorities

Post has been updated (see bold insert below) Not even this Congress can avoid the reality that its game plan for an end-of-the-year home stretch has been severely altered. America’s appetite for petty politics has been washed away by a merciless tempest. Providing federal aid to rural and urban areas shattered by Hurricane Harvey is […]

A Better Deal to Protect U.S. Jobs and Ensure Free Trade is Fair Trade

Donald Trump made a lot of promises about killing lousy free trade agreements, promoting American made products and keeping U.S. jobs from moving overseas, but so far his idea of fair trade is more like his Yankees getting an all-star pitcher without having to give up a blue chip player in return. That would be […]

Rural America Deserves A Better Deal Than The One We Have Now

Refilling the Swamp wasn’t the deal many of us in Rural America signed up for last November.  The shady back room deals, the fat-cat financial people lining their pockets with taxpayer treasure, the government cuddling up with leaders of countries that suck up American jobs, and running the family business out of the White House […]

A Rural Voters Bill of Rights and Responsibility

A Rural Voters Bill of Rights and Responsibility On this, Independence Day 2017, we hereby declare these rights and responsibilities for public consumption, comment and dissemination: The Constitution We respect and abide by the rules, liberties and protections granted in the U.S. Constitution of the United States in its entirety. We reject any attempt at […]