Recent rural policy research highlights

Much has been written about the plight of rural communities and the failed policies that have led to so much hardship. Some of the most relevant research and policy-related reports on these topics include:

Family Farm Action Alliance’s “The Food System: Concentration and Its Impacts,” report

This report provides the latest updated data on the state of corporate power in agriculture and food systems, as well as documenting proposals to decentralize and democratize concentrated wealth and power.

Center for American Progress’s “The Path to Rural Resilience in America,” report

This report highlights a new framework for rural economic development.

Brookings’ “Reimagining Rural Policy: Organizing Federal Assistance to Maximize Rural Prosperity”

This report highlights a new approach to rural economic development, infrastructure and public health policy.

Aspen Community Strategies Group’s “Rural Development Hubs: Strengthening America’s Rural Innovation Infrastructure,” report

This report highlights what’s working and who to work with for high-impact rural development policies and funding.

Center for American Progress’s “Progressive Governance Can Turn the Tide for Black Farmers” report

This report describes the systemic food system discrimination that led to massive Black land loss and outlines policy recommendations for corrective action.

People’s Action’s “Relief, Recovery, and Reimagination: A Federal Policy Agenda to Meet This Moment in Rural and Small-Town America,” report

This policy document describes community- based organizations’ efforts to listen to, and respond to, rural voters’ identified policy demands.