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Rural America:
Opportunities and Challenges

At the beginning of the 21st century, rural America comprises 2,305 counties, contains 80 percent of the Nation's land, and is home to 56 million people.

Leslie Whitener & David A. McGranahan

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Putting Food on the Table:
Household Food Security in the United States

Household food security—access at all times to enough food for active, healthy living—is taken for granted by most Americans. The struggle to avoid overeating is a more common American experience than the struggle to put enough food on the table.

Mark Nord & Margaret Andrews

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Managing Manure:
New Clean Water Act Regulations Create Imperative for Livestock Producers

Ever-growing numbers of livestock and poultry per farm and per acre have increased the risk of water pollution.

Marc Ribaudo

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Farm Payments:
Decoupled Payments Increase Households' Well-Being, Not Production

Nearly all industrial countries provide subsidies to their farmers, often for the purpose of maintaining income from farming or reducing income variability.

Mary Burfisher & Jeffrey Hopkins