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Legislative Tracker

Legislative Tracker

The Rural Center’s advocacy platform, Rural Counts: 10 Strategies for Rural North Carolina’s Future, presents a framework for creating a stronger rural economy in the context of a rapidly changing state. Within these strategies, the Rural Center will concentrate its...
Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables

Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables

The Rural Center’s Advocacy Team completed a series of seven Zero Barriers Policy Roundtables in Robbinsville, Spruce Pine, Columbia, Henderson, Dobson, Troy, and Kenansville in October. These day-long sessions drew 145 rural advocates and featured a deep dive...
Jones Street Journal

Jones Street Journal

As the Session Turns Remember in October when the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) passed a historic appropriation totaling nearly $800 million in response to Hurricane Florence? And remember how legislators designated half of the appropriation then but put the...
Rural Road Trip Update

Rural Road Trip Update

Last spring, Patrick Woodie and John Coggin set out on a quest: visit each of the 80 counties served by the Rural Center and meet with community leaders – elected officials, business leaders, health care workers, educators, and civic champions – to hear...
Dispatches From DC

Dispatches From DC

2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization    April 20 The current Farm Bill (Public Law 113-79) expires September 30, 2018. The measure authorizes various commodity, trade, rural development, agricultural research, and food and nutrition programs. Some programs are assured...