Reports

The Clean Power Plan

Published March 29, 2016

Rural America has long produced much of the nation’s energy. Most power plants, mines, gas drilling sites, wind turbines and dams are in rural areas, as are the farms and forests that provide the materials for biomass production. In many cases, these industries contribute greatly to rural economies. However, a...

Following Breadcrumbs: TPP Text Provides Clues to U.S. Positions in TTIP

Published March 21, 2016

While civil society groups around the world raise a variety of concerns about the substance of free trade agreements, for the most part they begin their critiques with the lack of transparency. Despite their potentially far-reaching impacts on national economies, public services, and natural resources, trade deals are...

Rural Climate Policy Priorities

Published December 1, 2015

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify policy approaches that are supportive of on-the-ground solutions. It reflects ideas and input from Rural Climate Network member organizations and other rural organizations, leaders...

States’ Leadership on Healthy Food and Farming at Risk under Proposed Trade Deals

Published November 20, 2015

Consumers want and expect that product labels will identify where their food is from, how it was produced and what is in it. In the absence of action by the federal government to provide this information, states across the United States are stepping up to require informational labels on food, including nutrition...

Unknown Benefits, Hidden Costs

Published August 5, 2015

There is a growing body of science directly implicating neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides in the significant decline of bees and other pollinators.1 Neonicotinoids are applied in multiple ways in many parts of agriculture and horticulture, but are most prevalent as a seed coating material for agricultural commodity...

Building Minnesota’s Farm to Institution Markets

Published June 16, 2015

Overview As part of our shared work on farm to institution in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) and Renewing the Countryside (RTC) conducted an online survey of Minnesota growers interested in farm to institution markets in...

Trade policy removal of regulatory “irritants”

Published June 5, 2015

“The [U.S.] economy is not working for those who depend on paychecks to make a living, that is to say, almost everyone.”1 New York Times editorial: November 7, 2014 The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently under negotiation, “is not just about free trade; it is an...

Extending the Growing Season

Published April 7, 2015

Introduction The Upper Midwestern states of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin are simultaneously known for their cold winters and their high agriculture production. Like many states in the country, these states are experiencing increased interest in local and regional food procurement, particularly from institutions such...

Using Regionally Grown Grains and Pulses in School Meals

Published January 15, 2015

Best Practices for using regionally grown grains and legumes in school meals Healthy, regionally grown grains and legumes are a growing part of Farm to School. Our six case studies on the introduction of locally grown grains and pulses feature school districts, food vendors and partners in communities ranging from:...

Deepening Food Democracy

Published January 14, 2015

Introduction Imagine a group of 15 citizens from your community. These citizens are a cross-section from your community, representative in gender, age, education, party affiliation and ethnicity. They gather to discuss their concerns about the impacts of climate change on their lives and potential steps to overcome...