The New Federal Budget: Impacts on American Agriculture
After months of negotiations, the House and Senate have finally reached a two-year budget deal to keep the government running….
A Common Good Farm Bill
Protecting the Integrity of People, Communities & the Land in U.S. Farm Policy Farmers and rural communities are in a…
Agriculturist Turned Pastoral Scholar Part IV
Where is the middle in agriculture that I desire? Is there a place where participants in a dilemma actually listen…
Checking Expectations: Part I
Our contentment and creativity is centered around—either perceived or unconscious—expectations. Jeff, my husband, is fine with spaghetti squash for dinner…
Agriculturist Turned Pastoral Scholar Part III
Thomas Berry was a Passionist Brother who received a PhD in European Intellectual History from the Catholic University of America….
Principles for a Fairer Farm Bill
Catholic Rural Life is collaborating with a broad-based coalition of 210 farm, rural, worker and consumer advocacy organizations to address…
FAQ: Does the Church Care About Animals? Part I
Animal welfare, whether in an agricultural context or domestic, can be a polarizing issue, and we want to treat this…
What Do Rural People Think?
What do rural people think? This question presses upon the minds of policymakers—or at least should—when it’s time to craft…
Yes to the Honey, but I’ll Pass on the Locusts
In our yard there’s a huge fig tree. About eight years ago, one of the Labs chewed the branches down…
CRL’s Frequently Asked Questions
Why Does the Church Get Involved in Agricultural Issues? Sometimes, when CRL weighs in on a farm matter or when…