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2010-04-08 11:33:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's nation-leading farmland preservation program today expanded to safeguard an additional 1,722 acres on 18 farms -- a move that Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said will help to ensure secure sources of food, a cleaner environment and a more vital economy. "Preserving farmland secures our food production abilities, protects the environment and our natural resources, and sustains our local economies," said Redding....

2010-03-18 10:21:00

CHICAGO, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a report today that says the rural Midwest must "move past silos and smokestacks" to reinvent itself and compete in the global economy. The report calls on towns and counties, competing with each other for industry and manufacturing jobs and investments, to join forces to spur innovation and entrepreneurship. The report was released as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development...

2010-02-18 12:25:00

Producer Panel Meets to Discuss Farm Transition Planning Need, Challenges HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Agricultural Preservation Board today voted to safeguard 3,346 additional acres on 36 farms from future development through the state's nationally recognized farmland preservation program. The latest farms to be preserved are located in Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Cumberland, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin,...

2010-01-12 18:44:59

Unintentional suffocation of infants twice as common in rural areas The death rate from injuries in rural areas of China is higher than in urban areas, according to a new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy. Rural males of all ages were 47 percent more likely to die from injuries than urban males, and the overall rate in rural females was 33 percent higher than in urban females. For babies under one year of age,...

2009-12-10 12:18:00

Additional 3,332 Acres Preserved on 31 Farms in 19 Counties HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's nation-leading farmland preservation program today set aside an additional 3,332 acres on 31 farms for permanent agricultural production, acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced. In the program's 21-year history, 428,708 acres on 3,928 farms have been preserved for agricultural use in perpetuity, safeguarding them from development. "Preserving...

2009-12-09 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From sheep shearing and cow milking to mushroom munching and milkshake sipping, the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show will offer something to interest every visitor, said acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. The 94th show is set for Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Visitors will be able to see 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 270 commercial exhibitors during the eight-day...

2009-12-02 18:31:08

For many people "rural" is synonymous with low incomes, limited economic opportunity, and poor schools. However, a recent study at the University of Illinois found that much of rural America is actually prosperous, particularly in the Midwest and Plains. Note: High resolution digital files of maps and a photo are available for use with this article at http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/news/News_Photos/prosperity/ The study analyzed unemployment rates, poverty rates, high school drop-out rates, and...

2009-08-18 16:22:51

A U.S. Department of Agriculture study released Tuesday linked economic success in rural communities to broadband Internet access. The study, Broadband Internet's Value for Rural America, compared employment growth and non-farm earnings in various communities, and tied that data to the time the communities were first able to access the Internet with broadband connections. Highlighted by access to on line educational opportunities, telemedicine and telehealth, rural America has shared in the...

2009-06-30 09:27:00

Online map identifies rural areas with most driving fatalities in time for July 4th travel MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rural transportation safety experts at the University of Minnesota today launched a new national service to help drivers identify the most dangerous portions of upcoming trips as drivers hit the nation's roads for the Fourth of July holiday, which is considered the most dangerous travel day of the year. SafeRoadMaps.org is a service...

2009-06-02 11:29:41

An infectious disease striking a large city may seem like a disastrous scenario -- millions of people sharing apartment buildings, crammed on buses and trains and brushing past one another on crowded sidewalks. A group of Kansas State University engineers is finding that a truly disastrous epidemic scenario could also take place in the wide-open spaces of the Great Plains. Caterina Scoglio, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is leading an Epicenter research project...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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