RURAL AMERICA COUNTS


INTRODUCTION


Improving the vitality and stability of rural communities in the United States continues to be an important public policy objective and is especially relevant in a rapidly changing global environment. With growing concerns over rising income inequality and rural depopulation, a healthy and vibrant rural America has a major role to play in supporting the United States as a global economic leader. Yet to be a strong and sound partner of urban America, rural communities require public and private support to build physical and human capacity. A necessary condition is legislative authority and appropriations for organizations and research and outreach programs that assist decision makers in investing in rural community development.



WHY RURAL MATTERS TO AMERICA


View an Infographic of Key Contributions and Issues Related to Rural America

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REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE TASK FORCE ON AGRICULTURE & RURAL PROSPERITY


In this recently released report, recommendations around five key indicators of rural prosperity were outlined. The Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDC) and their Land-Grant University Partners are working diligently across these same areas, seeking innovative research and Extension partnerships and solutions to address these commonly identified areas of rural community well-being. Below are links to documents describing a sampling of these investments organized under the Task Force Report’s Indicators



RRDC and Land-Grant Investments


  • e-Connectivity for Rural America [PDF]
  • Improving Quality of Life [PDF]
  • Supporting a Rural Workforce [PDF]
  • Harnessing Technological Innovation [PDF]
  • Economic Development [PDF]

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    This material is based, in part, upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under current and past awards

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    NCRCRD
    http://ncrcrd.org

    NERCRD
    www.nercrd.psu.edu

    SRDC
    www.srdc.msstate.edu

    WRDC
    www.wrdc.usu.edu