Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $8.4 million in available funding to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is available through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

"Each year, climate change poses uncertain and varied challenges for American farmers and producers in terms of environmental effects and impacts on agricultural practices and productivity," said... read more

Chesapeake Bay Program

SMHA has a long history of working with Louisiana’s traditional family fishers – helping them find ways to survive in the face of regulations that favored "big business” and/or recreational interests, competition from low-priced (and lower quality) imports, and – more recently – to recover from the impacts of five major hurricanes in seven years plus the man-made BP oil disaster.

 

SMHA created the concept for the Gulf Coast Fisher Loan Fund in the weeks immediately following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in 2010. As a result of learnings from fishers and other impacted families ("stories from the field”), SMHA... read more

SMHA’s affiliate Teche Ridge, LLC is developing Teche Ridge, a master-planned $150 million Traditional Neighborhood Design/Smart Growth development on 100 acres in Iberia Parish. Teche Ridge is the first neighborhood of its kind in Iberia Parish and, when fully built, will provide approximately 600 homes at eight different price points, commercial property, and civic space. The economic impact, and result in economic impact of nearly a billion dollars (using a X7 multiplier) in Iberia Parish.

 

Teche Ridge was born from SMHA CEO Lorna Bourg’s learnings and observations following the devastating hurricanes of 2005. Teche... read more

From http://www.comingcleaninc.org/wind-blows 

This report documents Coming Clean’s collaborative, community-based research project to monitor toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in gas fields in rural Pavillion, Wyoming and to see what same VOCs are present in the bodies of people who work and live there.

We focused our research on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a specific family of VOCs named BTEX chemicals (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes) – because these chemicals are also known to be hazardous to human health, even at low levels.  ... read more

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