- 1.Bill to Promote Investment, Economic Development in Rural Areas
Legislation recently introduced by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) would extend tax credits to job creators in rural communities and take steps to roll back regulatory hurdles to rural economic growth.
- 2.Affordable Care Act Gives New Farmers the Freedom to Farm
Purpose: Provides a variety of affordable insurance plans specifically for rural Americans. An estimated eight out of ten may qualify for financial assistance to help pay for coverage. Dates: See website. Location: Nationwide.
- 3.First Census-Led Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs Finds Women, Minorities Are Underrepresented
Researchers of American entrepreneurship now have a timelier socio-economic portrait of the nation’s employer-owned businesses as a result of a public-private partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, and the Kauffman Foundation. Last week, data from the first Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs were made publicly available, which provides a detailed picture of the American entrepreneur in 2014 by examining race, ethnicity, gender, and geography. A brief released by the Census Bureau notes that more than 480,000 firms with paid employees (roughly 8.9 percent) of the 5.4 million U.S. firms with paid employees in 2014 had been in business for less than two years, according to the recent Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs data. Read more...
- 4.//foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gcibb1tQAAWmGnEaaTK6FGZ5aaaaTK6BL1OKLnaa?m=9@tF08w&m=Upjqk1gxZmj.xjwU1gz_olU.2klS.og3&;d=KZ&5=&j=xflUwfvWklqgvk-s9y80~t" target="_blank">Improving Early Literacy in PreK-3: Lessons Learned
Increasing the number of students reading at grade level by the third grade requires a coherent pre-K through third grade pathway, effective leadership, greater collaboration among teachers, and effective use of data, a report from the McKnight Foundation finds.... //foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gcibb1tQAAWmGnEaaTK6FGZ5aaaaTK6BL1OKLnaa?m=9@tF08w&m=Upjqk1gxZmj.xjwU1gz_olU.2klS.og3&;d=Ka&5=&j=xflUwfvWklqgvk-s9y80~t" target="_blank">More »
- 5.Faculty Position Announcement: Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension – Community Economic Development, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis Campus.
- 6.Ten percent of all land in farms is expected to be transferred during 2015-19
The relatively advanced age of the U.S. farming population—about a third of principal farm operators in 2014 were at least age 65 compared with 12 percent of self-employed workers in nonagricultural businesses—has sparked interest in the manner in which land will be transferred to other landowners, including the next generation of farm operators. Farmland owners planned to transfer 93 million acres in the next 5 years (2015-19)—10 percent of all land in farms—through a variety of means. Landowners anticipated selling 3.8 percent of all farmland, with just 2.3 percent planned to be sold to non-relatives. A larger share of land (6.5 percent) is expected to be transferred through trusts, gifts, and wills. The share of farmland available for purchase by non-relatives during 2015-19 will likely rise above 2.3 percent as some individuals (or entities) that inherit land may choose to sell it. And, those who inherit land but don’t sell it may decide to rent it out to farm operators. In 2014, 39 percent of all farmland was rented and 61 percent was owned by farm operators.
- 7.//foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gcdbb4qQAAYyG6D6a40eFGZ5aaaa40eBL13FFaaa?r=4@0534z&h=Zkolpwlseho.sorZwlu_tgZ.xpgX.jly&;i=Hr&0=&o=skgkhtvz3y9xAx9" target="_blank">Rural Students Face Barriers to College Access, Study Finds
Students from rural communities who want to attend college face unique challenges in their pursuit of higher education, a study from the //foundationcenter.hosted.strongview.com/t/gcdbb4qQAAYyG6D6a40eFGZ5aaaa40eBL13FFaaa?r=4@0534z&h=Zkolpwlseho.sorZwlu_tgZ.xpgX.jly&;i=Hs&0=&o=skgkhtvz3y9xAx9" target="_self">University of Georgia finds. Conducted by Darris R. Means, an assistant professor in the university's College of Education, the study included interviews with African-American students and staff members in a rural southeastern high school regarding their views of college and college access. While many students had parents who pushed them to go to college, that encouragement was tempered by a lack of resources. For instance, students felt they did not have access to academically rigorous classes or enough time with counselors who could help with the college admission process. They also felt constrained by pressure to attend a school closer to home for family reasons or felt out of place on campuses that lacked diversity. The study also found that in addition to geographic location, race plays a role in whether a student matriculates....
- 8.Prevalence of food insecurity in 2015 was lower than 2014, still above level before Great Recession
In 2015, 87.3 percent of U.S. households were food secure throughout the year. The remaining 12.7 percent (15.8 million households) were food insecure; they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. The percentage of U.S. households that were food insecure declined from 14.0 percent in 2014. Additionally, in 2015, 5.0 percent of U.S. households (6.3 million households) had very low food security. In this more severe range of food insecurity, the food intake of some household members was reduced and normal eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year due to limited resources. The rate, or prevalence, of very low food security in 2015 declined significantly from that in 2014 (5.6 percent). The 2015 declines in food insecurity and very low food security prevalence were the largest year-to-year changes in these rates since the two rates rose in 2008.
- 9.White House Announces Proposed New Rule for Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Immigrant entrepreneurs would be allowed to remain in the United States for an initial period of up to two years, and, conditional upon meeting certain benchmarks, could potentially stay in the country for one additional period of up to three years under a newly proposed rule by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As part of the International Entrepreneur Rule, which is now open for a 45-day comment period, certain international entrepreneurs would have an opportunity to start or scale their businesses in the United States. In an official blog post by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation Tom Kalil and Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship Doug Rand, the authors note that the new reform would propose clear criteria to identify those entrepreneurs with the potential to provide significant public benefit to the United States. Evaluating entrepreneurs on a case-by-case basis, the proposed rule would consider factors such as: the entrepreneur’s ownership stake (at least 15 percent) and leadership role in the startup; the growth potential of the startup; competitive research grants of at least $100,000 from federal, state, and local government agencies provided to the firm; and the investment of at least $345,000 by qualified American investors. Read more...
- 10.Climate change is projected to cause declines and shifts in fieldcrop acreage across U.S. regions
Climate models predict U.S. agriculture will face changes in local patterns of precipitation and temperature over the next century. These climate changes will affect crop yields, crop-water demand, water-supply availability, farmer livelihoods, and consumer welfare. Using projections of temperature and precipitation under nine different scenarios, ERS research projects that climate change will result in a decline in national fieldcrop acreage in 2080 when measured relative to a scenario that assumes continuation of reference climate conditions (precipitation and temperature patterns averaged over 2001-08). Acreage trends show substantial variability across climate change scenarios and regions. When averaged over all climate scenarios, total acreage in the Mountain States, Pacific, and Southern Plains is projected to expand, while acreage in other regions--most notably the Corn Belt and Northern Plains--declines. Over half of all fieldcrop acreage in the U.S. is found in the Corn Belt and Northern Plains, and projected declines in these regions represent 2.1 percent of their combined acreage. Irrigated acreage for all regions is projected to decline, but in some regions increases in dryland acreage offset irrigated acreage losses. The acreage response reflects projected changes in regional irrigation supply as well as differential yield impacts and shifts in relative profitability across crops and production practices under the climate change scenarios.
- 1.Health Benefits Laws Compliance Assistance Webcast: The Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
If you are an employer who is trying to comply, or if you are a third party administrator or insurer with questions about the Affordable Care Act or the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, this is your chance to hear from the experts and ask questions. Join us for this webcast.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
September 14, 2016 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
- 2.Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies at Work in Illinois | Thursday, September 15, 2016 | Noon - 1pm
Economic Development requires effective, collaborative institutions focused on advancing mutual gain for the public and the private sector. Economic Development is essential to ensuring our economic future. Actively participating in regional Economic Development Districts to create Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies is working for both rural and urban communities throughout our state.
- 3.CSET 8.0 New User Webinar
ICS-CERT welcomes all industrial control systems owners and operators across all sectors to join us for an introductory webinar on using the Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET®), a free Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stand-alone desktop software that guides users through a step-by-step process to assess their control system and IT network security practices against recognized standards.
September 20, 2016 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
- 4.Rural Business-Cooperative Service Informational Webinars
Sept. 13, 2016 Asian-American/Pacific Islanders Business Development Success Stories
2-3:30 pm EST Facilitator: Tim O’Connell, RBS Community Economic Development
Speaker: Tin Myaing Thein, Ph.D., Pacific Gateway Center
Sept. 14, 2016 Nature+Commerce: Recreational Business Development Success Stories 2-3:30 pm EST Facilitator: AngelaCallie, RBS Community Economic Development
Speaker: Rob Riley, Northern Forest Center
Sept. 15, 2016 El Sueño de Ser Dueño de un Negocio - The Dream to be a Business Owner
2-3:30 pm EST Facilitator: Margaret Bau, RBS Cooperative Programs
Speakers: John Flory and Yolanda Cotterall, Latino Economic Development Center; Reggie Knoxx and Brett Malone, California FarmLink
Sept. 16, 2016 USDA Rural Development Programs for Native American Entrepreneurs
2-3:30 pm EST Facilitator: Tedd Buelow, USDA Rural Development
Speakers: Tedd Buelow, USDA Rural Development,
Bill Hamilton, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Small Business Development Services
Sept. 20, 2016 Turning a National Guard Armory Into a Business Center (tentative)
2-3:30 pm EST Facilitator: Greg Dale, RBS Community Economic Development
Speaker: Brenda Tuck, Marengo County Economic Development Authority
Sept. 22, 2016 Stronger Economies Together: Regional Planning & Business Development 2-3:30 pm EST Success Stories
Facilitator: Hiwot Gebremariam, RBS Community Economic Development
Speakers: Larry Wright, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension;
Janice Stroud-Bickes, USDA Rural Development in Virginia, Martha Walker, Virginia Tech University Cooperative Extension; Peggy Schlechter, South Dakota State University;
Paul Johnson, Jill Rees, USDA Rual Development in Oregon, Amanda Hoey, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (tentative)
Sept. 27, 2016 Cooperatives as a Tool for Community Solutions
1-2:30 pm EST Facilitator: Margaret Bau, USDA Rural Development, Co-op Basics
Converting existing businesses to employee ownership, Rob Brown,
Cooperative Development Institute, Maine
Turning trailer parks into resident owned communities, Diane Gasaway,
Northwest Cooperative Development Center, Washington:
From farmworkers to farm owners, John Flory,
Latino Economic Development Center, Minnesota
Home care agencies as worker co-ops, Deborah Craig,
Northwest Cooperative Development Center, Washington
When the last grocery store closes, Marnie Thompson,
Fund 4 Democratic Communities, North Carolina
Sept. 29, 2016 Local Food Financing and Cooperative Business Models
2-2:30 pm EST Speaker & Facilitator: Jim Barham, USDA Rural Development
Speaker: Margaret Bau, USDA Rural Development