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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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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EPA launches revamped Sustainable Water Infrastructure web pages

August 25, 2011 | Poverty, Rural, USDA

Our communities depend on aging drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure for the health of its people and the vitality of the local economy.  With the release of the Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy last fall, the Environmental…

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Obama administration affirms comprehensive commitment to clean water

April 29, 2011 | Congress, Rural

WASHINGTON – Recognizing the importance of clean water and healthy watersheds to our economy, environment and communities, the Obama administration released a national clean water framework April 27 that showcases its comprehensive commitment to protecting the health of America’s waters.…

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EPA’s Watershed Academy webinar: Nitrate in Ground Water

March 23, 2011 | Population, Rural

Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a webcast titled "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution Series: Nitrate in Ground Water" on Tuesday March 29, 2011, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm (EDT). This webcast will highlight an emerging issue of increased…

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USDA invites applications for grants to connect rural communities to broadband service

March 10, 2011 | Rural

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2011 (USDA) – USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Administrator Jonathan Adelstein today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to provide broadband access in rural communities currently without broadband service. Joining him to make the announcement…

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Society of Environmental Journalists: Oil fracking poses similar concerns as gas fracking

March 7, 2011 | Broadband, Rural, USDA

March 2, 2011The technique called hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) that is increasingly being used to extract natural gas is drawing widespread attention, concern, and media coverage across the country. Next up: oil fracking.As fracking for gas has proven successful from…

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USDA releases report on the impact of the Recovery Act on America’s rural communities

October 25, 2010 | Rural

Over 300,000 jobs are estimated to have been saved or created, millions of Americans will benefit from improved servicesWASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2010 (USDA) – USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager today issued a report on how the agency's…

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Philly academy study finds gas drilling threatens streams

October 18, 2010 | Congress, Rural

Posted on Tue, Oct. 12, 2010By Sandy BauersInquirer Staff WriterA preliminary study by Academy of Natural Sciences researchers suggests that even without spills or other accidents, drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania's rich Marcellus Shale formation could degrade nearby streams.The…

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EPA issues Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy

October 13, 2010 | Jobs, Rural

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy with the goal of increasing the sustainability of water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States. Communities across the country are facing challenges…

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