National leaders call for renewed federal commitment to rural development as part of 2012 Farm Bill

September 28, 2011 | EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — The Campaign for a Renewed Rural Development called on Congress Sept. 22 to include a strong and comprehensive Rural Development Title in the 2012 Farm Bill to create jobs and promote economic growth in rural America. The…

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EPA announces the Healthy Watersheds Initiative National Framework and Action Plan 2011

September 27, 2011 | Blog, EPA, Infrastructure, Investment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the release of the Healthy Watersheds Initiative (HWI) National Framework and Action Plan. The HWI is intended to protect the nation’s remaining healthy watersheds, prevent them from becoming impaired, and accelerate restoration…

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USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Tonsager promotes job creation partnerships with rural business leaders

September 27, 2011 | EPA

AUSTIN, TEXAS (USDA) – USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager met with electric utility officials and business leaders from across the country Sept. 19 to promote ways USDA is working with them to create jobs and strengthen rural economies."USDA…

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USDA updates information on conditions and trends in rural income, poverty and welfare

September 21, 2011 | General RCAP News

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has provided an update of conditions and trends in the areas of rural income, poverty, and welfare as of Sept. 17. ERS research in this area focuses on the economic, social, and demographic factors…

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EPA releases strategy to protect people’s health and the environment in communities overburdened by pollution

September 21, 2011 | General RCAP News

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the release of Plan EJ 2014, a three-year, comprehensive plan to advance environmental justice efforts in nine areas, including rulemaking, permitting, enforcement, and science. Plan EJ 2014 aims to protect…

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EPA launches green products web portal for Pollution Prevention Week

September 21, 2011 | Enforcement, EPA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is observing Pollution Prevention (P2) Week (Sept. 19 to 25, 2011) by launching a new tool designed to provide Americans easy access to information about everyday products like home appliances, electronics and…

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EPA Watershed Academy webcast on State and Local Policies to Restrict the Use of Lawn Fertilizers” “””

September 15, 2011 | EPA

Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a free Watershed Academy webcast titled “Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Series: State and Local Policies to Restrict the Use of Lawn Fertilizers" on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm…

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Leadership training offered to rural communities

September 15, 2011 | Development, Farm Bill, Rural

From The Rural Blog:The Center for Rural Affairs and Leadership Consulting Associates, a new organization that focuses on developing rural leaders, are partnering to offer leadership training to rural community leaders. Seven leadership experts will provide training on leadership styles,…

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Hurricane Irene claims lives of water utility employee

September 8, 2011 | EPA

On August 28, 2011, during Hurricane Irene, the town of Rutland, Vt., lost a long-time employee and friend, Michael Garofano. Mike, along with his son, Michael, attempted to check water-utility intake pipes near the city's reservoir during the storm and…

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USDA highlights assistance to residents affected by Hurricane Irene

September 1, 2011 | Jobs, Rural, Rural Development, USDA

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said USDA is ready to deploy personnel and resources to assist the efforts by federal, state and local authorities in response to Hurricane Irene. Yesterday, the Secretary joined Department of…

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