Advocates have a big opportunity to talk with rural voters about the issues that matter most. A public opinion poll reveals clues on how to get the conversation going. For starters, Chuck Hassebrook says, expand your vocabulary to include the words “small towns.”Read More...
By Chuck Hassebrook
For the first time in decades, it appears a Farm Bill will be passed that does not have a rural development component. And that raises the question of why Congress is so unresponsive to the 95 percent of rural people who do not farm?
The farm bill that came out of the Senate Agriculture Committee was missing something: a Rural Development Title. Rural development has been part of every farm bill since 1996 and it should be a part of this one, too.