The author of “Rural development policy in the United States: a critical analysis and lessons from the ‘‘still birth’’ of the rural collaborative investment program” (Community Development Vol. 42, No. 1, January–March 2011, 56–69) will summarize this paper in about 30 minutes, followed by discussion. This article questions the longstanding approach of rural advocates trying to have a stand-alone comprehensive ‘rural development policy’ funded through the Farm Bill, considers reasons why this approach appears futile, and makes a more modest proposal for tailoring programs to fit the needs of rural places.
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