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Posted inRural Economy

Shoppers Turn Out After Turkey, Sales Up 7 Percent

Buying hogs in Texas.Photo: jcshale Remember the terrible Christmas shopping season that was supposed to begin the day after Thanksgiving? Well, Black Friday rolled around”¦and it wasn’t so terrible after all. Teen singing sensation Hannah Montana junk was selling like teen junk has always sold. People were lapping up flat screen televisions and digital cameras, […]

Posted inArts and Culture

Country Creatives: When Artists Go Rural

Painted doorStarkville Arts FestivalOktibbeha County, MSPhoto: Frank Peters Imagining a vibrant arts culture, most people think SoHo not silo. But a new reality has emerged since the 1990s, according to the Economic Research Service. Tim Wojan writes that “increasingly, the arts are concentrating in other, less populated areas throughout the country, including small, completely rural […]

Posted inFood

There Are Growers and a Market, but Few Processors

The problem in the specialty meat markets isn’t the growing or the selling. It’s the processing. There aren’t many small processors who can handle small batches of organic fowl or specialty beef. The Winona (MN) Daily News has a story about a small poultry processor in Utica (the southeast corner of the state) that will […]