Cooperation and Competition in the Local Food Movement: A Focus on Community Supported Agriculture

This Policy Brief examines highlights of CSA farm operations gleaned from a national survey conducted in the summer of 2014 by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Illinois Cooperative Development Center for the USDA. The findings discussed here suggest that CSA operations have distinctive characteristics, but face some similar issues to larger, more traditional farms.

LeClaire, Iowa: What Revitalization Can Accomplish, a New Rural Research Report by Rick N. Reed

Before it was known as the home of the History Channel’s popular show American Pickers, LeClaire, Iowa, used a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization that positioned the city to benefit from its new found celebrity. This Rural Research Report describes LeClaire efforts and suggests ways that these strategies can be adapted for use in other […]

Coming Fall 2016: Master’s Degree Program in Community and Economic Development

The Master of Community and Economic Development (CED) degree program is designed to enhance the skills of CED professionals and those wishing to enter the field. Graduates of this program will develop skills in social mobilization, civic engagement, business management, and strategic planning needed when taking on leadership roles in improving the economic well-being and […]

Thank you for attending the 26th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

Presentations from the conference are now available.

Community Supported Businesses: Grassroots Entrepreneurship, a New Rural Research Report by William Keyser

Community supported businesses (CSB) are gaining popularity in rural areas for business startup ventures and expansions. This Rural Research Report describes CSBs, mainly based on experiences in rural Vermont, where this entrepreneurial phenomenon is well developed, and discusses issues and opportunities for wider application elsewhere. Read the report.