ERIC Number: ED312119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on the Future: Options in Developing a New National Rural Policy. Proceedings of Four Regional Rural Development Policy Workshops (Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 19-21, 1988; Syracuse, New York, September 28-30, 1988; Birmingham, Alabama, October 3-5, 1988; and Reno, Nevada, October 11-13, 1988).
Jones, Sue H., Ed.
Problems in federal rural policy arise in a number of areas: the extreme economic adversity of rural America, failure to acknowledge the higher cost of providing rural services, failure to distinguish between rural programs and agriculture programs, and failure to address specific rural needs. Papers in this collection examine rural development choices in six major areas: income and employment; education, retraining and relocation; utilizing natural resources effectively; reducing rural poverty; improving rural health delivery systems; and financing and providing rural public services. Generally, papers cover the history and current status of policy in the subject area, critical issues that need to be addressed, justifications for a federal role, policy options and their consequences, and priorities that may be drawn. In each area, workshop participants arrived at a consensus on the preferred policy options in each policy area and these choices are also presented. Papers also consider the federal and state roles in rural development policy in the western, northeastern, north central, and southern regions of the country. The final paper, "Toward a Comprehensive Rural Development Policy," outlines major workshop conclusions regarding rural development, federal policy alternatives, and the requirements for policy change. Appendices present program agendas, biographies of program personalities, members of the national steering committee, members of regional planning committees, a copy of the preconference mail-in survey of participants, participants by state, and an alphabetical listing of participants. (DHP)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Change Strategies, Economic Change, Economic Development, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Government Role, Poverty Areas, Public Policy, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Economics, Rural Education, Workshops
Ron Knutson, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2124.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (DOC), Washington, DC.; Farm Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, New York, NY.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
Note: For related documents, see ED 304 256-258.