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Main Street Project has a goal of “deploying an alternative, small-scale sustainable poultry-based system that is accessible and economically viable for aspiring Latino and other immigrant farmers.” What led the organization to this specific focus?
Main Street Project’s work on just, sustainable agriculture started in 2005 with a collaboration on an ambitious four-state, multi-year community building initiative called Raíces (roots)—organizing primarily with Latino youth and adults in diverse rural communities. Problem solving, bridge building, storytelling, empowerment, equity—the... read more
The Department of Agriculture asked private philanthropy to invest more in rural America. "Unfortunately, tragically," philanthropy has done less, Secretary Tom Vilsack tells the Rural Assembly. Opportunities abound in rural communities, and advocates need to be talking about them, he says.
Tom Vilsack didn’t pull out his prepared speech at his keynote address to the National Rural Assembly on Wednesday, but he had no trouble sticking to a theme.
Responding to... read more
Publicly owned coal accounts for about 40% of coal mined each year in the United States.
Yet, for decades, the Department of Interior has chronically undervalued our public coal, which has resulted in billions of dollars in lost revenue to state and federal governments. Federal coal management of this taxpayer-owned resource is woefully out of date.
Tell Secretary Sally Jewell to close loopholes, increase royalties, and do a better job of setting fair market value and minimum bids for federal coal.
WORC has created a form to easily weigh in on this issue.... read more
Rural communities are particularly vulnerable to climate change, as they are often directly linked to natural resources for their economic, social and environmental well-being. Rural communities are also essential to developing solutions to climate change, including energy, food and fiber production. Rural America’s unique vulnerability to climate change paired with the potential role it could play in addressing climate change makes it clear that climate policy should be deeply inclusive of rural concerns. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. This problem needs to be addressed – and that’s why a group of rural residents and... read more