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Economic Impacts of USDA International Market Development Programs

Very excited to be part of this project looking at Economic Impacts of USDA International Market Development Programs, which was featured by Iowa Public Broadcasting TV.  

I was visiting the Lands of America Blog site the other day to see their post about our Texas Equine Study, and I was drawn to this post with beautiful topographical pix.  I happen to think we have the most beautiful country in the world, and when I fly, I am in the window seat hoping for a clear sky and snapping photos. I love the transition from irrigated “crop circles” (as my city friends call them) to rough grasslands to winding rivers and forests before hitting the… Read More →

USDA Webinar: The Geography of the Recent Growth in Rural Child Poverty

We cannot have prosperous places without addressing poverty. David McGranahan of USDA ERS will be discussing factors affecting rural child poverty. See the USDA maps of child poverty rates below. Texas has high rates of child poverty and persistent child poverty with rates 20%+ over the past 30 years. I hope you will be able to join the ERS webinar to see how our policies and practices affect poverty in our communities. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Noon Central For More info: Using the official poverty measure, child… Read More →

SRDC Articles on Community Leadership

A great series of articles on Community Leadership by Kenneth Pigg. Good reading for leaders, would-be-leaders, and community members. Visit

Where did we come from? Where did we go?

A New York Times infographic takes a look at how Americans have moved between states since 1900.

Rural Communities Blog New Location – Here!

Welcome. As of August 2014, the Rural Communities blog will be at this AgriLife address. Posts back to 2011 are still available at Posts include links to events and ideas that affect rural communities. Some posts are more in-depth while others are just announcements. The blog also feeds my Facebook page at

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