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What we’re reading this week

We’ve been indoors, hiding from the cold weather and catching up on our reading. Here are some recent articles and publications that caught our attention.

The University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy released a brief,”2020 Census Faces Challenges in Rural America.” One of the problems highlighted in the report is a shift to collecting census data online, which will result in an undercount of people living in areas without internet access, like much of western Mass.

“This brief identifies rural areas where special outreach and operations will be needed to get a complete and accurate count. It also addresses key Census-related issues that will be important for rural leaders to monitor between now and April 1, 2020.”

The Greenfield Recorder reported that four farms in the Pioneer Valley received grant funding from the State to buy equipment that will help address the effects of climate change on their businesses.

“The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources awarded 23 grants totaling $350,000 to farmers across the state to purchase equipment that will ‘prevent or mitigate direct impacts on water quality and ensure efficient water use.'”

Critics call for update of 40-year-old Mass. farmland preservation law | Boston Globe

In Missouri, a “Farmers ‘Bill of Rights’ would help level field with corporations” | Daily Yonder

The Nebraska town of “O’Neill encourages young families to return home,” as part of a 15-year-old, statewide rural economic development program. The

“HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC) effort … is a partnership of three nonprofit organizations — the Nebraska Community Foundation, the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. Later, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension became a key collaborative partner, too.”


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