WKKF News Archive November 2005

Book Features Strategies for Supporting Rural Entrepreneurs

Five key strategies for supporting rural entrepreneurs are elaborated in the book, “Strategies for Sustainable Entrepreneurship.” The book was prepared by the Central Appalachian Network. It includes stories of individual entrepreneurs as examples of each strategy, and notes that communities, regions, states and the federal government can foster entrepreneurship by adopting favorable policies. The book lists policy recommendations informed by its research. For more on CAN and its rural policy projects visit (http://www.cannetwork.org/project/rural_policy.php). To view or download the booklet click here.

Farm Radio Broadcasters Interview Food Systems and Rural Development Experts

Nicole Potter, right, of Red River Farm Network, Grand Forks, North Dakota, interviews Caroline Carpenter at the National Association of Farm Broadcaster's Trade Talk. Missouri.

Farm radio reporters from across the nation interviewed Caroline Carpenter and Mary Hendrickson during the Trade Talk session at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters annual convention in Kansas City, November 10, 2005. Carpenter, a Food Systems and Rural Development (FSRD) program director, was interviewed by reporters on the need to encourage entrepreneurship in rural America, and the need for rural America to gain national attention for its potential and needs. She noted to reporters that the Rural Entrepreneurship Development Systems grant project (http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=75&CID=357&NID=61&LanguageID=0) is both encouraging entrepreneurship and developing models for other rural communities to adapt and use. Hendrickson, co-director of Food Circles Networking Project and a Food and Society Policy Fellow, was interviewed about the opportunities for “farmers in the middle” – those whose farms are too large to direct market all their production, yet not large enough to compete in the global market. She also was interviewed about the Food Circles Networking project (www.foodcircles.missouri.edu), an outreach program that links Kansas and Missouri farmers and consumers together in a local food system. Carpenter and Hendrickson participated in 30 radio and television interviews with network and individual station reporters.

Click here to listen to Caroline Carpenter's radio interview with Cyndi Young of the Brownfield Farm Radio Network.

Rural America Needs Local Champions

“Rural America is a national treasure, and if lost, it will be very difficult to attain again.” That statement was made by W.K. Kellogg Foundation Vice President for Programs, Rick Foster, during a November 9, 2005, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center Thomas C. Sorensen Forum for Political Leadership teleconference.

That teleconference was broadcast to 14 sites across Nebraska on the NebSat satellite network. Joining Foster on the seminar program were Ray Aguilar, the Nebraska State Senator for District 35; Doug Kristensen, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska, and former Speaker of the Unicameral; and Sandy Scofield, Director of the Nebraska Rural Initiative at the University of Nebraska. The North Platte Telegraph (http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=15583107&BRD=377&PAG=461&dept_id=531813&rfi=6) reported Foster as saying during the seminar that rural America needs “local champions to make rural issues heard.”

The new Kellogg Foundation FSRD initiative, “Rural People, Rural Policy,” is designed to enable rural voices to create a distinct vision that matches rural America’s diversity for the present and future generations. For more information on the policy seminar series visit http://ppc.nebraska.edu/PolicySeminarSeries/index.htm or call (402) 472-2634. For more information on the new “Rural People, Rural Policy” initiative visit http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=75&CID=274&NID=61.

Panelist: Rural America must 'have an opinion, become active'

Rural America will survive only by empowering residents to save themselves, according to four panelists speaking during a teleconferencing seminar last week. The seminar focused on rural leadership and rural policy issues. The Perkins County High School in Grant was one of nine sites across the state to host the seminar sponsored by the University of Nebraska's Public Policy Center.

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Prairie Rural Action to discuss challenges, develop joint strategies

An effort to develop strategies and a shared policy agenda to revitalize rural communities will be undertaken at a meeting of Prairie Rural Action at the Fargo Civic Center on Nov. 14-15.

The meeting was organized to discuss and develop joint responses to challenges facing rural communities throughout the Upper Midwest. "Now is the perfect time to bring together leaders and advocates for rural issues to build a powerful progressive, rural movement," said Jerry Nagel, president of Northern Great Plains. "Prairie Rural Action will build a unified rural voice and vision. But more than that, it will move ideas to action."

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Retailer Representative Appointed to Michigan Food Policy Council

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced this week the appointment of Daniel H. Reeves, of Dearborn, to the Michigan Food Policy Council (MFPC). Reeves is the executive vice president of the Associated Food Dealers of Michigan and is appointed to represent food retailers for a term expiring June 6, 2007.

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The Naked Truth: Mississippi Deltans, there’s no place like home

The Kellogg Foundation, Bernard van Leer Foundation and several other funding agencies are lending financial support to residents of small communities in the Mississippi Delta. This outside help is bringing much-needed financial resources to rural and near rural communities in the economically depressed area.

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March 15, 2006

Most Popular Resources

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

Nonprofits today are being pressed to demonstrate the effectiveness of their program activities by initiating and completing outcome-oriented evaluation of projects. This guide was developed to provide practical assistance to nonprofits engaged in this process. In the pages of this guide, we hope to give staff of nonprofits and community members alike sufficient orientation to the underlying principles of "logic modeling" to use this tool to enhance their program planning, implementation, and dissemination activities.

Feb. 2, 2006

Template for Strategic Communications Plan

This template will help you to create a strategic communications plan. Print it off and fill it in as you work with your team on developing your organization's plan.

Jan. 26, 2006

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook

This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool. It was written primarily for project directors who have direct responsibility for the ongoing evaluation of W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded projects.

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