Home New York National Sports Calendar
Today’s news:

Remember rural America

Elections are little like New Years Day, an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to addressing the challenges our nation faces and reaching for opportunities on the horizon – regardless of whether the candidates we supported won or not. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we stress the importance of rural Americans lifting up their voices at crucial times. And, of course, elections are one of those times.

During this national election, however, serious mentions of rural issues were too few and too far between. As Congress and the President once again grapple with writing a new farm bill and debate other issues of vital importance to rural America, those of us that live and work here must recognize that our work is not done.

It is crucial that rural Americans ask tough questions of our elected leaders. Will Congress write a new farm bill that works for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities? Will they invest in conservation, rural development and the next generation of family farmers and ranchers? Will efforts to create jobs and spur economic growth include proven strategies to revitalize rural communities?

We cannot expect elected officials to fulfill their promises unless we are willing to ensure that they do. Rural Americans played an important role in the 2012 election. But the lack of attention to rural issues therein demonstrates that rural Americans must remind our elected officials, as many times as possible, that America’s small towns and rural areas matter.


The Center for Rural Affairs was established in 1973 as an unaffiliated nonprofit corporation under IRS code 501(c)3. The Center for Rural Affairs was formed by rural Nebraskans concerned about family farms and rural communities, and we work to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities. johnc@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs.

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not CaribbeanLifeNews.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to CaribbeanLifeNews.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.