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									             Rural Development Update
                                                   July 14, 2008




       Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental,
 voluntary organization governed by and representing farm
and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their
    problems and formulating action to achieve educational
            improvement, economic opportunity and social
                                           advancement…..
         Farm Bureau’s New RD Staff
Elizabeth Jones   Sabrina Matteson




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                             RD Survey - March

40 State Farm Bureaus Responded
 population out-migration    wealth out-migration
 community infrastructure    leadership opportunities
 off-farm job availability   convenient rural schools
 distance education          broadband availability
 health care availability    tax issues
 transportation issues       wastewater issues



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RD Survey - March




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                        Pop   Wealth   Com     Lead    Off-   Rural   Dist   Broa   Health   Tax   Trans   Water/
                        out    out     Infra   opp    farm    schoo   ed       d                           waste
                                                      jobs      l            band                          water
TOTALS                  21     13       31      8      19      9       2     32      29      27     19         20
40 states responding
MIDWEST REGION          7       5       7       3      8       6       2     10       7      7      6          4
10 states responding
72 issues with an
average of 6.6 issues
SOUTHERN REGION         10      3       9       4      9       2       0     10       8      7      3          5
11 states responding
70 issues with an
average of 6.4 issues
WESTERN REGION          3       3       8       2      2       1       0      6       6      6      8          7
10 states responding
52 issues with an
average of 5.2 issues
NORTHEAST REGION        1       2       7       0      0       0       0      6       8      7      2          4
8 states responding
37 issues with an
average of 4.6 issues                                                                                      5
                       RD Legislative Issues
Rural Infrastructure
• 2009 Highway Bill
        Farm Truck CDL Exemption
        Harvest Season Weight Limits
• Lock and Dam Funding
• Broadband Access
• Universal Service Fund
• Electricity Reliability
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                          RD Legislative Issues

Education
  •   Rewrite of No Child Left Behind
  • Ag in the Classroom Funding
  • Long Distance Learning
  • Perkins Funding for FFA


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                      RD Legislative Issues

Health Care
  • Medicare Reimbursement
  • Telemedicine Funding
  • Access to Care
  • Quality of Care


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                      RD Legislative Issues

• Farm Bill Implementation

• Reauthorization of Economic Development
  Administration

• Expansion of Community Development Block
  Grants

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RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5




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                    RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5
Thomas C. Dorr
Under Secretary for Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture




                                        Richard M. Foster
                                        Vice President for Programs
                                        Food Systems, Rural Development, and
                                        Leadership
                                        W.K. Kellogg Foundation


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                       RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5
John Monson
Vice President,
AgStar Rural Finance




                                 Don Macke
                                 Director of Practitioner Programs for
                                 the RUPRI Center for Rural
                                 Entrepreneurship

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                     RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5
Charles W. Fluharty
President Emeritus and
Director of National Policy Programs
Rural Policy Research Institute




                                       Allan R. Johnson
                                       Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary,
                                       USDA Rural Development

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           RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5


Goal: Have county Farm Bureau leaders
 recognize that rural development is a
 Farm Bureau priority so that they will
 embrace this new initiative.




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           RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5


Goal: Create a clearinghouse of rural
 development information so that state and
 county Farm Bureaus have easy access to
 information on rural development issues
 and programs.


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           RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5


Goal: Create an AFBF rural development
 information and networking committee to
 develop comprehensive rural development
 strategies for Farm Bureau.




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           RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5


Goal: Enhance collaboration with existing
 rural development groups to take
 advantage of available resources and
 expertise.




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           RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5


Goal: Help state Farm Bureau’s initiate
 state and county level rural development
 programs that take advantage of Farm
 Bureau’s grassroots network.

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           RD Planning Meeting – June 4-5


Goal: Build a strong rural development
 program that provides state and county
 Farm Bureaus with the information and
 tools they need to implement RD
 programs.


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             Rural Development Update
                                                   July 14, 2008




       Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental,
 voluntary organization governed by and representing farm
and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their
    problems and formulating action to achieve educational
            improvement, economic opportunity and social
                                           advancement…..

								
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