Drought slows rural economy in 10 central states

The economy in rural areas of 10 Midwestern and Western states continued to look weak this month as the region begins a slow recovery from this summer’s oppressive drought, according to The Rural Mainstreet Index, an economic survey of rural bankers by Creighton University in Omaha. The economic index for this month is 48.3, up slightly [...]

As large farms replace mid-sized and smaller ones, rural communities suffer loss of local spending

“It’s not difficult to see the dominant trendline in agriculture when nearly every view of the landscape provides evidence,” writes Heidi Marttila-Losure in the summer issue of Dakotafire, a regional reporting project of small news outlets in the eastern Dakotas. “The tractors and planting rigs that were out in the fields this spring were double the size [...]

U.S. House of Representatives Abandons Rural America

WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2012) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement following U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s announcement of the remaining votes in the House, which does not include the 2012 Farm Bill: “The 2008 Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30. Congress is well aware of its [...]

Farm Bill Now: Call to Action from New England Farmers Union

The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of a 2012 farm bill weeks ago on a bipartisan vote but the GOP leadership refuses to bring it to the House floor for debate.  In fact, the House GOP leadership intends to leave town next week without passing a five-year farm bill for our nation’s farmers. Not [...]

Poll: Drought Conditions Add to Importance of Conservation to Farmers

This just in from National Farmers Union: WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2012) – American farmers value conservation programs, particularly in times of ­­drought, and reject cutting conservation funding, according to a poll released today by National Farmers Union (NFU). The bipartisan poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research – a Democratic polling firm – and Public [...]