PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Tending Minnesota's Rural Economy

July 2, 2007

Over a dozen Minnesota groups have sent a letter to state Congress members involved in writing the new farm bill, asking them to make rural economic development a priority. Spokesman Dan Owens with the Center for Rural Affairs says it's a great opportunity to create jobs and boost local economies.

“Many people consider the farm bill as only to do with farming. But, in fact, the farm bill contains many provisions that have to do with all of rural America.”

He notes it can include things like technical assistance to small businesses and help getting new businesses started.

“In rural Minnesota, the vast majority of jobs are created by micro-enterprise businesses. That would be businesses with five or fewer employees. And, these programs will support the type of job creation that has been proven to work in rural communities throughout the Midwest.”

Owens adds that the farm bill is also a good opportunity to level the "economic playing field."

“In past years, federal dollars have really flown towards urban areas, to support small business and urban development programs. And, while those are worthwhile, rural areas need to receive an equal amount of funding in rural economic development programs as well.”

He says the Center for Rural Affairs got involved in the Minnesota effort because the state's Congressional delegation will have a big say in how the new farm bill is shaped.

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN