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Rural Development Summit

Farm Business Management Update, April/May 2004

By George McDowell

A Rural Development Summit on June 3 at the Natural Bridge Conference Center is in the planning by the Steering Committee for a Virginia Rural Development Council. At the Summit, progress since the last Summit in Charlottesville in September 2002 will be reported. Discussion will include how to bring the legislature's efforts to form a Center for Rural Virginia together with the effort to form a Rural Development Council that qualifies for federal funding. The Steering Committee has representation from rural health, planning agencies, K-12 educators, local government administrators, RC&D associations, USDA Rural Development, Farm Bureau, Extension, and State government among others. Contact George McDowell, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24061-0401, by telephone at (540) 231-6848 or you can e-mail him at

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