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Wednesday March 18 2009 KERKHOVEN MN 1 473 (15) Newspaper (W) 8 Center For Rural Affalrs

Meetings in Montevideo and Morris to look at opportunities in ~Grn Bill The special series of rneetings on rural developlnent provisions in the new Farm Bill has been rescheduled for March 24-25 in Montevideo and Morris. These meetings are open to the public and free of charge. The locations and times are: *Montevideo -- Tuesday. March 34. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Montevideo High School lunchroom. located at 150 1 William Ave. *Morris -- Wednesday. March 25. 1.30 p.m. to 3 3 0 p.m.. at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. located at 43875 230th St. (Highway 59) During the rneetings. representatives of the Land Stewardship Project and the for Rural Aff& will give presentations on the Farm Bill's Micro Entrepreneur Assistance Program and some of the new developments and opportunities in the Value Added Producer Grants Program. In addition there will be discussions on Country of Origin Labeling and how it affects farmers who market locally. special provisions for beginning farmers and ranchers. changes in meat inspection rules and opportunities these changes offer for processing locally grown meat and selling it across state lines. the Conservation Stewardship Program, and some of the new Farm Bill provisions related to organic farming. These rneetings are sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project (www. 1andstewardshipproject.org) and the Center for Rural Affairs (www.cfra. org). For more information. call Teny VanDerPol at the Land Stewardship Project at 320-269-2105 or Steph Larson at the Center for Rural Affairs at 402-687-2 100. Page 1 of 1

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 HECTOR, MN 3,300 (15) Newspaper (W) 9 Center For Rural Affairs

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New chance to reform unlimited farm payments New Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsackis reviewing a rule issued by the outgoing administration to redefine what is required to be considered an active farmer and eligible to receive farm payments. The standard became so lax in recent years that investors were considered actively involved in farm management by virtue of participating in two conference calls annually. That allowed mega farms to get unlimited payments by forming general partnerships with investor partners, each qualifying the farm for another set of payments up to the limit. The rule proposed in December is not much stronger, so we are pleased that Secretary Vilsack is reviewing it. It would qualify investors as active farmers i T they participate in quarterly conference calls, with each taking responsibility for one

topic on the call. Onc investor would take responsibility for financial statemellts, another purchase p l a ~ ~etc. s, Senators Byron Dorgan and Chuck Grassley are seeking a higher standard requiring each partner to either work half time in the operation or provide at least IlalC of the management on hislher share of the operation, including supervising emplovees, scheduling field operations, etc. \Vr agree with them. Each of these proposals appropriately allows crop share landlords to receive payments on crops received as g i l l mallagenlellt. rent without b e i ~ ~active For more information or to send a message to the USDA visit: ~ w . c f r a . o r g 109lactivelyengaged. Suggestions on points to make in your lnessage to t l ~ eUSDA call also be found here.

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Thursday March 26 2009 HERMAN MN !iit/::on[DMA) 1260[15) Type ( ~ r e ~ i e n c ~ j ~ : e w s p a p k (W) r Page: 4 Keyword: Center For Rural Affairs

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Rural America's top ten issues in health care reform debate from the Center for Rural Aflairs While the Obama administration conducted a health care listening session in Des Moines, Iowa, their third in a series of five listening sessions across the nation, the Center for Rural Affairs released a report detailing the top ten rural health care issues in the ongoing debate over health care reform. "There are numerous unique health care issues facing rural people and rural places. This is surely not an exhaustive list of those issues. But it is our view of the top ten rural issues that should be addressed in health care reform legislation," said Jon Bailey, Director of Rural Research and Analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs. According to Bailey, the Center hopes that their top ten list can serve as a checklist against which any legislative proposal for reform can be measured to determine its value and effectiveness for rural America. The Center's report identifies the following issues as crucial rural elements in the health care rcfornm debate: an ecunorny based on self-employment and small business grcatcr drpcndcncc on and need for public hcalth insur:unce plans a stressed health care delivery systcnm hcalth care provider and n.orkforce shortages an aging rural population a sicker. more at-risk population the need for preventive care, health and wellness resources

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lack of mental health services increasing dependence on technology effective emergency medical services "Since 1969, the number of self-employed workers in rural areas has grown by over 240 percent. With an economy dominated by small businesses and self-employment, rural people are generally less insured, more underinsured and more dependent on the individual insurance market," Bailey added, "That fact and the other issues delineated here make it paramount that Congress and the White House get health care reform right.for all Americans, urban and rural." . The Center for Rural Affairs' release of the report on the same day as one of President Obama's Health Care Listening Sessions is not coincidental. Steph Larsen, Policy Organizer for the Center, will attend the health care listening session in Des Moines where she will share the Center's report with administration officials. "Rural America faces the same health care issues as urban America - skyrocketing costs, too many uninsured and undcrinsured, and a health care delivery system strained to the point of breaking. There are, however. nunlcrous unique rural health care challenges. Which is why we will be presenting this report to the administration today," said Larsen. Thc full rcpo1.t is available online at: http://tiles.cfra.orp/pdf/Ten-Rural-lssues-forHealth-Care-Reform.pdf

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