January 24th, 2018 | USDA Task Force Findings
Last April, President Trump issued an executive order that established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. Led by Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, the task force met to discuss plans to improve agriculture and rural prosperity in America. The meetings involved “listening sessions” held across the country in order to collect more information about the needs of farming communities. The report on the task force’s findings highlights four major recommendations: economic development, innovation and technology, workforce and quality of life. The task force provides hope in the collaboration between legislators and farmers. Click here to see the task force website.
January 17th, 2018 | Farmers Confront Opioid Epidemic
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) have joined together to raise awareness and provide resources concerning the opioid epidemic. They recently announced a new campaign called Farm Town Strong which will encourage farmers to support each other in overcoming this crisis that has greatly affected rural communities. In a seemingly desolate time, these groups exemplify the power of solidarity. Click here to read more.
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January 3rd, 2018 | The Water Crisis
The world is facing a clean-water crisis. Though most of us don’t even consider the privilege of access to clean water, many people are suffering. Lack of access to clean water severely hinders survival. The majority of countries affected by this large-scale also find themselves in the midst of political and economic crises, lacking the leadership and financial means to develop necessary infrastructure. But this problem isn’t contained in a handful of countries–it’s affecting the whole world. Click here to read more.
The latest issue of the CRL Magazine also looks into the issue of water preservation and preservation of the land in general. Through personal experiences from across the country, we show how the rural population of Native Americans is working hard to preserve their culture, spirituality, sacred foods, agricultural techniques, land and water. Click here to read more.