Research / Rural Development
Webinar | July 2020
Implications of Recent Trade Agreements for the American Farm / Addressing Mental Health in Rural Communities
Agriculture & Rural Development Committee Virtual Program
Let's Make a Deal: Implications of Recent Trade Agreements for the American Farm
Many in the agriculture sector have heralded the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Phase-One Agreement with China as unparalleled opportunities to provide their products to growing consumer bases and to promote free and fair trade. This program provides a briefing on these two important trade deals and explores how they could impact the U.S. agricultural sector, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seeds of Despair: Addressing Mental Health in Rural Communities
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides among farmers are 1.5 times higher than the national average. Experts warn that rising farm debt, limited access to mental health resources, harvests impacted by extreme weather, and the lingering impacts of a long-running trade war with China—and now the COVID-19 pandemic—all are contributing to significant stress among those in the agriculture community. This program examines initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of rural stress issues and warning signs; identifying ways to communicate and cope with stress; and accessing local resources and support systems.
SLC Regional Resource | April 2020
While the rate of broadband adoption continues to grow, largely in urban and suburban areas, numerous studies and surveys indicate that broadband deployment in rural areas continues to lag. Rural areas also tend to have fewer broadband providers, leading to limited options and competition for customers, as well as slower connection speeds. Meanwhile, nearly one quarter of rural adults say that access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their local community.
State laws and policies can facilitate and encourage broadband expansion in underserved rural areas. Building upon the 2016 SLC Regional Resource, The Role of State and Local Government in Broadband Deployment, this SLC Regional Resource explores funding mechanisms implemented by Southern states to encourage broadband expansion in rural, unserved and underserved areas.
Other | December 2019
As the 2020 legislative cycle approaches, legislators across the South are preparing and pre-filing legislation to address emerging and relevant policy issues in their states. With its regional focus, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) is uniquely positioned to identify and research current and emerging policy issues and trends. This report was prepared by Anne Roberts Brody, policy and program manager, and Roger Moore and Cody Allen, policy analysts, and provides a sampling of issues and trends that are anticipated to emerge during the 2020 legislative term. State actions referenced in this report may represent appropriate policy options for Southern lawmakers to consider and, as such, may include bills or policies originating outside the SLC region.
SLC Agriculture & Rural Development Committee
Originally formed in 1961, the SLC Agriculture & Rural Development Committee’s agenda focuses on issues critical to the future of farming and farm communities, such as the distribution of water and other natural resources – critical for the agricultural sector – and new opportunities for the export of agricultural commodities to international markets. Several reports prepared by the committee have measured the economic impact of agricultural sector, often considered the “engine of the economy” in most Southern states. The committee's work also centers on the continued development of rural communities, highlighting access to healthcare and transportation; integration with the global economy; the many differences and surprising similarities between rural and urban America; and how to begin to bridge the infrastructure challenges that divide these communities.
More SLC Research into Rural Development
Policy Analysis | November 2019
SLC Regional Resource | November 2019
Policy Analysis | April 2019
Other | January 2019
Policy Analysis | May 2018
SLC Special Series Report | May 2017
SLC Regional Resource | April 2016
Webinar | June 2015
Policy Analysis | February 2014
SLC Regional Resource | January 2009
Policy Analysis | November 2008
SLC Regional Resource | January 2006
Presentation | August 2005
SLC Regional Resource | July 2005
SLC Regional Resource | December 2003
SLC Regional Resource | October 2003