How I Spent My Summer

Editors Note: The following was written by Center for Rural Affairs Policy Intern, Liz Lesher. At the end of August Liz will return to school at Smith College in Massachusetts.

I spent 10 weeks working at the Center for Rural Affairs. I’ve learned more than I could have imagined about the complex economics that affect rural communities and more than I’d like to know about how hogs are slaughtered. I’ve learned that politics isn’t about the best policy. I’ve heard politicians evade questions so well you would think they were paid to do it.

Asking Price: $50,000,000

Well, we’ve written several times about the money cotton and rice growers receive from the feds. And given those dollar figures, we’ve been thinking it would sure be nice to get our hands on good-sized cotton and rice farm, sit on the porch, drink some iced tea, and cash checks. Finally, we’ve discovered a suitable chunk of land, and if we could

Successful Conference Making a Comeback in 2008

Maybe you were one of the 500 people that participated in last years MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success rural entrepreneurship conference. If so, you will remember what a wonderful opportunity it was. But if you missed the event then you should make it a priority to attend this year’s conference!

How it All Went Down

As we’ve mentioned many times, the fight over payment limitations usually breaks down by region- which actually means by crop. There are five main program crops- corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice. Cotton and rice receive the highest per-acre payments by far, and are primarily planted in the South (plus California). Because of those high per-acre payments (over $200 for cotton and rice vs.


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