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April 22, 2016

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA team is developing new tools to support communities working to expand broadband access, adoption and use. The Community Connectivity Initiative will provide communities with: a comprehensive self-assessment tool and report to better understand how their current policies and programs support broadband connectivity; an index or comparative community connectivity score; technical assistance with project planning and implementation; and access to an expanding community of practice.

More than six out of 10 counties that lie outside metropolitan areas had an unemployment rate higher than the national average of 5.2 percent in February 2016. In fact, most places in America had higher unemployment rates than the national average. Blue counties are metropolitan areas with unemployment rates in February that were at or below the national average of 5.2%. Yellow areas are metropolitan counties with rates above the national average. Just over half (54%) of metropolitan America had rates at or below the national average. Green areas are nonmetropolitan counties with rates at or below 5.2%. Counties in red are nonmetropolitan areas with rates above 5.2% in February. The data is collected by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, and reported in The Daily Yonder.

Farm Dreams
June 13 - Epiphany Farms, Bloomington, IL
June 27 - Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Champaign, IL
July 11 - Blue Yonder Organic Farm, North Salem, IN

Farm Dreams is an annual workshop series for aspiring farmers to discover what it would really take to start a farm business. From assessing your skills and resources, to meeting successful farmers in your region, to deciding next steps for pursuing your farm dream, this workshop is the way to find out what it takes to own a successful farm business. Each workshop is from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and is held on a working farm. Registration is $20 and includes a light supper and the Farm Dreams Handbook. Register online here.


June 13, 2016 - Farm Dreams, Epiphany Farms, Bloomington, IL

June 27 - Farm Dreams, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Champaign, IL
July 11 - Farm Dreams, Blue  Yonder Organic Farm, North Salem, IN
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