Rural Revitalization

This speech was given before the Joint Agricultural Policy Listening and Advocacy Session in Ames, Iowa on August 24, 2001 by Jon Bailey, Rural Research and Analysis Program Director at the Center for Rural Affairs.

To place the need for a public policy that will revitalize rural communities in context, I want to give you a few numbers:

What’s So Big About Microenterprise?

Microenterprises are businesses with five or fewer employees. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we work every day to ensure that the 2007 farm bill includes the kinds of rural economic development strategies that actually work in rural communities, like investment in microenterprise.

Working Together We Can Do More

Not all farming and ranching communities have the traditional amenities that some touristy communities have such as beaches or mountains, but virtually all of our rural communities have space and often lots of it. Uncrowded natural land is hard to come by and is going to become a more valuable asset for rural communities in years to come.


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