rural development http://hppr.org en The "digital divide" in now about adoption http://hppr.org/post/digital-divide-now-about-adoption <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The “digital divide” between urban and rural areas used to be all about </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">access</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to broadband internet service.&nbsp; Today it is much more about </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">adoption</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> where access is now available.&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 05:48:03 +0000 Quentin Hope 21071 at http://hppr.org The "digital divide" in now about adoption A civic lesson for rural towns http://hppr.org/post/civic-lesson-rural-towns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.</span></p><p>“I wanted to be able to be active and have a pastime that ensured physical activity,” said beginning farmer Tom Thomas, who at 65 still has the physical fitness to wrestle and brand steers at his son’s ranch in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 18648 at http://hppr.org A civic lesson for rural towns Redefining the co-op in ways big and small http://hppr.org/post/redefining-co-op-ways-big-and-small <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The cooperative business model, long a staple of Midwestern agricultural communities, is being adapted to serve a broader range of rural needs.</p><p>For example, in the south-central Nebraska town of Elwood — population 700 — there’s a new grocery store.</p><p>“I get very emotional almost every time I’m in here, because I’m just so happy to have this store,” said Sharlette Schwenninger, who helped found the cooperative store. &nbsp;The town had been without a grocery store for more than a year.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Hilary Stohs-Krause 17621 at http://hppr.org Redefining the co-op in ways big and small How are decisions made about projects that benefit rural America? http://hppr.org/post/how-are-decisions-made-about-projects-benefit-rural-america <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Agriculture first began designating funds for rural development in 1933 as part of the New Deal. More federal funds were allocated in the Agricultural Act of 1970. During this fiscal year, the rural development program is administering approximately $38 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants. It’s being used to construct or improve 48 rural libraries, assist 243 projects in the delivery of healthcare and help more than 270,000 low income families get affordable housing, according to the USDA.</span></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 17156 at http://hppr.org How are decisions made about projects that benefit rural America? Budget cuts and wider competition for USDA's 'rural' dollars http://hppr.org/post/budget-cuts-and-wider-competition-usdas-rural-dollars <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">As lawmakers debate the Farm Bill in Washington, millions of dollars are at stake for small businesses across the country. Rural development grants go out to everything from home loans to water projects to small co-ops.</span></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 17155 at http://hppr.org Budget cuts and wider competition for USDA's 'rural' dollars Lifeblood for rural communities: federal funds http://hppr.org/post/lifeblood-rural-communities-federal-funds <p></p><p>As Congress fiddles with major farm legislation, there’s a portion of it that gets very little attention. Some say it is a difference-maker for job creation in small rural communities and provides a boost those towns need. Harvest Public Media’s Bill Wheelhouse reports.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the small town of Staunton, Ill., the new $9 million water plant is a welcome addition. After all, when the 80-year-old facility it replaces seized up last year, the community’s 5,000 residents were without water for five days.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 17153 at http://hppr.org Lifeblood for rural communities: federal funds