Community Development News

2012 Farm Bill: Rural Community Renewal Fund

We have begun crafting a series of proposals for the 2012 farm bill. Starting this month with ideas for a Rural Community Renewal Fund, we’re kicking off a series to share our ideas. Please send us your ideas too – rural people have much at stake in the upcoming debate.

Welcome to the Desert

Driving down a two-lane highway in rural Nebraska last spring, I passed a Native American man riding an old bicycle toward the nearby Omaha Indian Reservation. We were at least 7 miles from the nearest town, and he had four grocery bags bulging with food slung over his handlebars as he worked to climb a hill. I’ll bet a week’s worth of groceries that he wasn’t biking for the exercise.

This is what a food desert looks like in rural America.


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