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Posted inRural Economy

Bringing Business Back to Small Towns

U.S. News & World Report recognizes the long-standing efforts in rural communities to “grow your own” businesses. “The Toyota lottery doesn’t work,” says John Molinaro, a rural development expert at the Aspen Institute. Okay, it turns out that states still spend most of their money trying to lure the next big factory, automobile plant or […]

Posted inAgriculture

How Will North Dakota’s Shafer Shape Farm Bill?

George Bush nominated former two-term North Dakota governor Ed Shafer to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. Shafer would land in his post (if confirmed by the Senate) in the middle of a tangled farm bill debate. The ever-useful rounds up reports on the Shafer nomination. For example, Reuters reports that that, “Schafer would […]