Strengthening Rural Communities: Lessons from a Growing Farm Economy

The Council of Economic Advisers, the White House Rural Council, and the USDA prepared a report that details progress made in the agricultural economy in terms of innovation, exports, clean energy, new industries, and community investment. It accompanies an announcement by the Obama Administration to invest nearly $2 billion by 2016 to help small, rural food businesses expand, modernize, and hire.

Science-Based Policies in Support of Healthy Food and Farms

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a policy brief that looks at how a science-based farming and food system can meet our food needs, increase our health, protect the environment and support rural economies by shifting farm subsidies from processed foods and industrialized agriculture to healthy food and farming practices.