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Partnership News
May 23, 2014
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Drought Taking a Toll

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, drought coverage is at its highest point since October 8, 2013, and up 7.48 percentage points from the beginning of the year. In April, devastatingly dry, dusty, windy conditions on the southern Great Plains fueled concerns of a “New Dust Bowl.”  The “Terrible Teens” drought, which for many parts of the southern Great Plains began in the fall of 2010 and has lasted for more than 3½ years, continued to take a severe toll on rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat.  During the four weeks ending April 1, coverage of extreme drought (D3) climbed from 14 to 25% in Kansas, while extreme to exceptional drought (D3/D4) coverage rose from 24 to 39% in Oklahoma; 27 to 38% in Texas; and 25 to 33% in New Mexico.

 
Legal Issues Workshops 

Do you work with farmers? Join us for a FREE "train the trainers" event this September!        
 
Sustainable farmers who run their own entrepreneurial businesses have a wide range of legal needs that include:
  • Creating a business entity
  • Writing by-laws and operating agreements
  • Negotiating land leases
  • Hiring employees and interns
  • Health department regulations for value-added or processed foods
  • Complying with a variety of production and marketing regulations
The Land Connection, in collaboration with Rachel Armstrong, lead attorney at Farm Commons, will present information, structure role-play interactions, and provide resources to help you effectively present and disseminate the legal information and tools that farmers need to become economically viable businesses, and the stable and resilient foundation of rural areas.
Our target audience is not necessarily lawyers - it is the people who are the organizers, presenters, and facilitators of farmer training programs aimed at sustainable farmers, including University and Extension personnel, community college instructors, and nonprofit sustainable agriculture personnel. Lawyers and farmers are welcome to attend. 

Each is a full day with lunch included - with four locations across Illinois, one is near you!

Tuesday, September 2: Springfield, U of I Extension Office
Wednesday, September 3: Champaign, U of I Extension Office
Friday, September 5: Carbondale, SIUC Dunn-Richmond Center
Tuesday, September 9: Grayslake, U of I Extension Office  
  
To register for this free workshop, visit our website.  
 
Some cities have started to rethink the traditional sidewalk. Local governments and technology companies all over the world are considering new ways of building pedestrian pathways that go beyond the common mix of cement and aggregate we know as concrete. These materials have broadened not only how cities construct sidewalks but also the very notion of what a sidewalk can be. They can now enhance walkability, generate renewable energy, and improve public safety, even as they withstand all those tree roots that have been breaking concrete slabs for decades.

                                                           
 
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Rural Partners welcomes your comments and feedback. If you have information to share with the
members of Rural Partners, send comments and/or press releases to info@ruralpartners.org
Statements of opinion in this newsletter are not necessarily endorsed by Rural Partners.