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The Democratic Party needs rural votes to secure a decisive victory in the race for the presidency, and to win back the Senate and make real progress in the fight for the House of Representatives. That’s a powerful lesson from recent election cycles. When President Obama won a decisive victory eight years ago, Democrats made major inroads in rural America:Two hundred and thirteen rural counties and 49 exurban counties flipped from the Republican column in 2004 to the Democratic... read more
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
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