Made in Rural America: USDA Report

Last Updated: October 29, 2014

This article appeared in the October 2014 Rural Policy Matters.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a report, “Made in Rural America,” that summarizes recent USDA investments in rural infrastructure and economic development in each of the fifty states.

The report names “four pillars” of a “new economy in rural America: developing a robust bio-based economy; promoting exports and production agriculture fueled by increased productivity and research; encouraging conservation including land management, stewardship and outdoor recreational opportunities; and building a strong local and regional food system to harness entrepreneurial innovation and help small and medium-sized family farms succeed in rural America.”

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