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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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