Agriculture and Rural Economic Development

Updated July 2008


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Approximately 1/4 of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, which encompass 83 percent of the country's land. Rural areas face challenges related to demographic changes, job creation, capital access, infrastructure, land use and environment, and community and historic preservation. State rural economic development programs tend to be targeted versions of broader state economic development strategies.

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NCSL Resources


Useful Links on Rural Economic Development

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State Links


Other Rural Resources

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