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Posts tagged: Economic Growth

Rural America at a Glance

The Economic Research Service recently looked at the economic trends in rural America.

The Economic Research Service recently looked at the economic trends in rural America.

Each year our agency, USDA’s Economic Research Service, produces a six-page brochure packed with information on social and economic conditions in rural areas of the nation. This information is particularly useful for agencies that develop policies and programs to assist rural areas. We recently released the 2010 edition, which focuses on the rural economy, including employment trends and demographics. Read more »

Continued Recovery for America’s Agricultural Economy

Cross-posted from the White House Blog

Yesterday I was pleased to receive the encouraging news from two USDA reports that illustrate the strength of the recovery in our agricultural economy. The 2010 Farm Income Forecast and Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade show a positive picture for 2010, and predict sustained growth for the future.  Read more »

Ohio Economic Development Conference Promotes Business Opportunity and Job Creation

(Left to right) Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Deb Martin, Great Lakes RCAP Director and Judith Canales, USDA Rural Development Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs at the Ohio RCAP conference.

(Left to right) Ohio Rural Development State Director Tony Logan, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Deb Martin, Great Lakes RCAP Director and Judith Canales, USDA Rural Development Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs at the Ohio RCAP conference.

The Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) held an intensive two-day economic development conference in Ohio on Aug. 24-25 targeting educational outreach to the state’s small, rural community leaders. With more than 300 participants from Ohio and neighboring states on hand, and an impressive line-up of speakers and workshops, the conference provided both motivation and insights on strategic planning for those in attendance. Read more »

Farmers Markets as Small Business Incubators

The USDA Farmers Market is located at the corner of 12th Street and Independence Avenue and will be open every Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. through November 16th.

Last Sunday, CBS News featured USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan and discussed how farmers markets are part of a fundamental shift in the way people access their food and interact with their community.  And, as the story notes, “… [f]armers markets and other forms of selling straight to customers are helping to keep farmers in business,” which is why those of us at the Agriculture Marketing Service were excited to report that there are now 6,100-plus farmers markets, recognizing that these markets provide jobs and economic growth opportunities for their producers. Read more »

USDA Rural Development and Recovery Act Funding Finance Industrial Park Improvements and Create Jobs in Southeast Kansas

Ribbon Cutting:  Left to right: Robert O’Kelly, Mayor of Parsons, Kansas; Deb Miller, Kansas Secretary of Transportation; Patty Clark, State Director, USDA Rural Development; Carolyn Kennett, Economic Development Director for City Parsons; Fred Gress, Parsons City Manager

Ribbon Cutting: Left to right: Robert O’Kelly, Mayor of Parsons, Kansas; Deb Miller, Kansas Secretary of Transportation; Patty Clark, State Director, USDA Rural Development; Carolyn Kennett, Economic Development Director for City Parsons; Fred Gress, Parsons City Manager

Earlier this week, USDA Rural Development staff  joined the Kansas Department of Transportation and the City of Parsons, to celebrate the official opening of Giefer Drive and Tolen Creek Industrial Park as well as the completion of the US 59 Recovery Act Highway Project. Read more »

Mapping Slaughter Availability in U.S.

A map of counties in the U.S. with no small cattle slaughter facility and 143 or more small cattle farms.

A map of counties in the U.S. with no small cattle slaughter facility and 143 or more small cattle farms.

Cross-Posted from the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Blog

Meat and poultry products are important commodities within many local and regional food systems.  The production of these products for local and regional markets is of course dependent on the availability of facilities that slaughter and process livestock and poultry.  Media stories have recently documented the difficulties many small farmers and ranchers often face when searching for facilities to slaughter their animals for local markets; lack of a nearby slaughter facility or lengthy wait times for services are frequently cited problems.  As a representative to the USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), I have been working, along with representatives from other USDA agencies, on identifying where slaughter service availability might be lacking and then determining the best ways to help. Read more »