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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This sign-on letter contains comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines that support sustainable livestock farmers. If you or your organization have not submitted comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines already, contact Alexis Baden-­Mayer at alexis@organicconsumers.org or Lynne Pledger at pledgerlynne@gmail.com by May 8, 2015.

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Discussions about climate change often lead to how agriculture is a major contributor of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is also true that agricultural communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they are often those most closely linked to natural ecosystems for their economic, social and environmental well-being. The challenge is to find practical strategies to adapt to and mitigate the current and anticipated effects of climate change. Our upcoming webinar will do just that.

Gijs Kuneman from the Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CLM) in the Netherlands speaks about current... read more

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Across the country, many communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years are looking for ways to rebuild that capitalize on their distinctive assets, increase housing and transportation choices, enhance quality of life, and strengthen long-term resilience and economic competitiveness.  Others are working to set the stage for sound recovery decisions when a disaster does occur.

On November 18-19, 2014, the NADO Research Foundation hosted Lessons from the Storm: Building (and Rebuilding) Strong, Sustainable, and Disaster Resilient Communities in Little Rock, AR, a workshop that brought together regional and... read more

This case study series produced by the NADO Research Foundation highlights the efforts of EDDs that have received disaster recovery funding from EDA.  The case studies demonstrate how regions have effectively used federal funding to address the impacts of natural disasters, become more resilient to future events, and increase economic competitiveness and quality of life.  While every disaster and every region have unique characteristics, EDDs and other organizations can learn a lot from each other about planning for disasters during so-called “blue-sky” periods, building partnerships, pursuing non-traditional funding sources, encouraging... read more

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