Implications of the Farm Bill Expiring

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s released an informative FAQ-style briefing on the expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill and what it means moving forward. The farm bill expired as of September 30th, after Congress failed to pass a new farm bill or enact a short-term extension of the 2008 bill. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food […]

Farmer Loans Added to State Budget

MLive recently reported that Governor Rick Snyder approved over $36 million in supplemental funds to the 2013 budget. The $48.5 billion budget was already an increase over the previous year by 1.25%, but Snyder deemed the extra funds worthwhile in the long run. While the largest portion of these funds ($17.6 million) is going into […]

Food Systems in Rural Michigan

by: Lindsey Scalera, Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy As we move toward a developing a more healthy, sustainable food system in Michigan and beyond, there is a lot to consider. Because of the opportunities and challenges this shift presents, it is helpful to have a bigger picture understanding of how farmers and food businesses, […]

Vote for the Rural Council’s proposal today!

Last month, rural organizations from across the country submitted applications for the Rural Digital Advocacy Grants Program, which provides $10,000 mini-grants to rural policy networks to apply digital tools in their advocacy work. Thirteen eligible projects are now being reviewed by a grant selection committee, who will make the final award determinations. However, the proposal […]

U.S. Senate Farm Bill Voting – Day One

Yesterday there was a flurry of activity in the Senate as they voted on a number of amendments to the 2012 Farm Bill. If you have been following the Farm Bill saga to date, you know that the Michigan Rural Council has issued multiple calls to action related to pieces of the Farm Bill, specifically […]

Placemaking in Rural Michigan

by: Arnold Weinfeld, Michigan Municipal League The importance of Place has become pervasive throughout Michigan policy conversations, from the offices of state officials to community groups.  There now exists a greater realization that our state cannot prosper unless we have the types of communities that attract people.  While this revelation represents a significant shift in conversations […]

The Bright Side of Health in Michigan

This article was originally posted on the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)’s blog earlier this week.  Enjoy! The Bright Side is a CEDAM program committed to telling the stories of CEDAM members and other organizations helping Michigan’s people and communities. Each episode focuses on a different topic in community economic development. CEDAM members are […]

Small Town & Rural Development Conference – Wrapping It Up

The 2012 Small Town and Rural Development Conference is now in the books. If you were not able to join us, here is just a small taste of conference happenings. Mary Randoph, Executive Director of the Wyoming Rural Development Council, kicked off with a dynamic keynote address about conducting community assessments in small towns. The […]

Director Keith Creagh to Speak at Michigan Rural Council Meeting

by: Brad Garmon, Michigan Environmental Council A new mining era appears to be dawning in the Upper Peninsula. With at least five big operations either getting underway or entering the environmental permitting process, and maybe half a dozen more busily exploring and testing the waters for future mines, it’s clear that these companies are enjoying […]

Landbanks – Learn All About It!

Don’t miss the December Michigan Rural Network Forum! We have an exciting agenda for you at December’s Michigan Rural Network forum.  Along with the much requested information sharing and networking opportunities, we will be spending time talking about landbanking in Michigan, specifically in rural areas.  We are happy to offer you the opportunity to interact […]