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Phosphate Resources

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,China,Food/Nutrition,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-477.pdf

Describes the importance of phosphates for food security, the location of dwindling reserves, and ways in which dependence on mineral reserves could be reduced. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

The Rising Cost of Fire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service’s Non-Fire Work

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Govt Finance,Recreation/Travel

http://www.fs.fed.us/sites/default/files/media/2014/34/nr-firecostimpact-082014.pdf

Asserts that the increased expense of fighting forest fires has resulted in less money for non-fire activities.  This report details the long-term shift of agency resources into the fire program and away from other important forest management, restoration, and recreation activities.  From the Forest Service

 

Executive Order 26: Establishing the New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and Steering Committee

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Business/Economics,Energy,Health/Medical,Transportation,Virginia Issues

https://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=5850

Establishes the priorities for the McAuliffe administration’s economic development plan. From the Office of the Governor

 

Rural Employment Trends in Recession and Recovery

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1551844/err172.pdf

Examines the effects of the Great Recession and gradual recovery on county employment and unemployment rates with an emphasis on rural America.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Appalachian Agricultural Exposition Center Economic Impact Study

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Athletics/Exercise,Business/Economics,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Appalachian%20Exposition.pdf

Examines the economic impact of a proposed exposition center to be located in Wythe County.  The center would host equestrian and livestock events, sports competitions, and entertainment shows.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

Rural Residents Who are Hospitalized in Rural and Urban Hospitals: United States, 2010

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db159.pdf

Rural areas are medically underserved and rural hospitals are usually small with a low volume of services.  This study compares characteristics of rural residents who use rural hospitals (60%) with those who travel to urban hospitals (40%) for medical care. Finds that those who used rural hospitals were older and more likely to be on Medicare. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2014-2023

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Foreign Trade/Investment,India,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.oecd.org/site/oecd-faoagriculturaloutlook/

Provides an annual assessment of prospects for the coming decade of national, regional, and global agricultural commodities  Includes special feature on India.   From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

International Food Security Assessment, 2014-2024

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/ersDownloadHandler.ashx?file=/media/1499869/gfa25_final-0626.pdf

Surveys the status of food insecurity in 76 low- and-middle-income countries.  Projects the number of food-insecure people to fall 9% from 2013 to 2014 with Sub-Saharan Africa projected to remain the most food-insecure area.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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