Harwood D. Schaffer
When it comes to environmental policy, rural residents are more likely to trust state and local governments than the federal government.
With increases in the number of farm bankruptcy proceedings and suicides among farmers it seems like we have been transported back to the 1980s and the farm crisis. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. At the beginning of this decade we…
The authors: "Farmers deserve a better farm policy than living on hope."
Today’s jobs increasingly require advanced education. If our economy is going to succeed, state and federal governments should be increasing their funding of higher ed. Instead, they are falling behind.
With Democrats gaining control of the House, Republicans have incentive to pass some version of the current farm bill while they still hold a majority. Work requirements for food-stamp recipients remains the sticking point between the House…
The federal Ag Department’s programs address the fundamental goods and services that humans need to survive. Water, food, housing, electricity and more are all part of the department’s portfolio.
Median farm income is projected to fall this year, making it harder for farmers to get loans. Friends, family, and neighbors need to be aware of the impact these financial setbacks could have on farmers’ mental health.
While some aid is reaching urban Puerto Rico, rural areas have yet to see much relief. We have done a better job of helping foreign nations than serving our own citizens, according to one international relief agency.