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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 12, 2019 


Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Sowing the Seeds of Rural Economic Development

March 12, 2007


Sowing the seeds of rural economic development in Idaho may mean looking beyond the farm. Cultivating small businesses may be the fertilizer small towns need to stay healthy. Chuck Hassebrook with the Center for Rural Affairs says the next Farm Bill should include small business assistance along with direct farm-based help.

"[It should]provide loans, training and technical assistance to people who want to start small businesses with five or fewer employees."

Hassebrook believes the opportunity to own a business could help rejuvenate Idaho's aging small towns by attracting young entrepreneurs. He suggests the Farm Bill take more of a long-term view, instead of the farm subsidy track it's taken over the years.

"If we only spend on immediate assistance, and we don't invest in our future in rural America, we're not going to have much of a future."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID