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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...
Jones Street Journal

Jones Street Journal

House Budget Highlights House members of the NC General Assembly released their biennium budget Monday night. Out of the 285-page budget, here’s the highlights we found most relevant to the Rural Counts advocacy priorities developed by rural advocates across the state...
Rural Counts Policy Luncheons

Rural Counts Policy Luncheons

From the very beginning, the Rural Counts advocacy team has been committed to taking its lead from the wisdom of local champions and partners across the state. Last year, we toured North Carolina’s 80 rural counties listening to your priorities within our...
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...
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...