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The Southern Development Bancorporation is a devel opment bank based in rural Arkansas. The term "bank" is in some sense a misnomer; Southern is actually a collection of five develop ment companies, for-profit and nonprofit, only one of which is a regulated bank. The other four groups are a...
Rural America is known worldwide for its productive farms and agricultural abundance. Less well-known are the rural businesses that service America's farms, supplying inputs, buying output, and providing consumer goods to rural families. Even less well-known are the 70,000 small and medium-sized...
Federal economic development programs for rural com munities work. They do indeed help rural communities to create new jobs, raise income levels, diversify their economies, sustain local busi nesses and help them grow, and create new businesses. In this article, programs are described, and the...
Many rural areas in the United States are in serious trouble as they experience decline over an extended period of time. Rural communities are increasingly being affected by changes in the national and world economies with little capacity to react. Selective out-migration has seriously reduced...
Rural America is an exceedingly diverse place, and this diversity constitutes a national asset. Diversity can be documented by an examination of any social or economic attribute one wishes to choose—educational attainment, per capita income, occupation, and ethnic background provide examples....
New approaches to rural policy focus on (1) providing information and specialized expertise to rural communities along with traditional development finance and infrastructure programs; (2) building civic capacity to mobilize public and private resources for community development goals; and (3)...
U.S. agriculture has been very productive during the past fifty years. A number of unexpected consequences, however, are believed to be detrimental to the long-term interests of our nation's agriculture and natural resources. In response to this issue, the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and...
This article presents a brief synopsis of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service's current rural community assistance efforts. The Forest Service, in close coopera tion with rural America, has refocused its efforts from strict natural resource community production to...
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