Spotlight Archive

A mother holding a baby Learn the Signs. Act Early. Campaign

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign offers free materials and resources including fact sheets, milestone checklists, growth charts, and flyers to educate parents about developmental milestones and warning signs of developmental delays. To order or download materials, visit

Rural Development Policy: Main Components of Strategies

USDA. Economic Research Service.

"Infrastructure, including facilities and equipment for transportation, telecommunications, water, and energy, improves rural quality of life and connects rural America with the urban and global economies.  Hence, infrastructure improvements may contribute significantly to rural development strategies."

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries text and a Tree Logo Are You Attending The Association for Rural & Small Libraries 2013 Conference? We are, meet us there.

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

The 2013 Conference is held in Omaha, NE

two boys with cowboy hats and a flag: Copyright iStock Photos Discover & Enjoy Rural America this Summer. Fairs & Festivals, Main Street Shopping and Scenic Byways

United States Department of Agriculture. National Agricultural Library. Rural Information Center.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

GSA. CAO. Regulatory and Federal Assistance Division.

A database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments; federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

boat on water: USDA NRCS photo Find a Blue Trail for National Rivers Month

U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Agriucltural Library. Rural Information Center.

A family in the outdoors America's Diverse Family Farms, 2010 Edition

USDA. Economic Research Service.

"American farms vary widely in size and other characteristics, but farming is still an industry of family businesses. Ninety-eight percent of farms are family farms, and they account for 82 percent of farm production."

Child and Teacher Work in a School Garden April is National Gardening Month

USDA. People's Garden.

"Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month."

Calendar Rural Conference Calendar

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

The Rural Information Center calendar features conferences, meetings, and workshops of interest to those involved with rural issues. We encourage you to contact us about coming events.

Health care provider meeting with a mother and child August is National Immunization Awareness Month

DHHS. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The goal is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly."

Head shot of a dairy cow July is National Ice Cream Month

International Ice Cream Association.

"In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day." Proclamation 5219

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

United States Department of Agriculture.

Every Family Needs a Famer. Do you Know Yours? Try a visit this Autumn to a Local Farm.

Children on a Computer National Library Week is in April

American Library Association.

National Library Week, April 10-16, 2011.

Two rural officials shaking hands near fire hydrant project National Night Out

National Association of Town Watch.

The "Annual National Night Out" is a unique crime/drug prevention event that involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials across the United States."

Men fishing Parks and Recreation Month

National Recreation and Park Association.

July is...

A family in a field Rural America at a Glance

USDA. Ecronomic Research Service.

New 2010 Edition

wild turkey in field: U.S.D.A., N.R.C.S photo Celebrate Autumn and Enjoy the Season in Rural America

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

Enjoy the season in Rural America.

Flooded road: Photo - Natural Resource Conservation Service September is National Preparedness Month - Find Disaster Assistance and Be Prepared

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

Resources for disaster assistance.

A father with his son and two pigs The Rural Tour


The USDA commitment to Rural America.

The White House The White House Rural Agenda

United States White House.

Ensure Economic Opportunity for Family Farmers, Support Rural Economic Development, and Improving Rural Quality Of Life are the three main areas outlined in the new Administration.

U.S. Farm Structure: Declining-But Persistent

USDA. Economic Research Service

"The continuing shift in production away from small commercial farms to larger farms is driven by financial pressures and aging operators." Amber Waves. September 2010. Volume 8, Issue 3.

Plant Breeder in Field USDA Research for Rural Communities

USDA. Agriculture Research Service.

Agriculture Research Service has a large and very important impact on rural America.

A father with his son and two pigs Web App - Stories from Main Street

Smithsonian Institution.

Get the new App that is a collection of "stories about small-town American life." You can listen to the stories or add your own!

The White House White House Rural Council report, "Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America". (PDF | 858 KB)

White House Rural Council.

"The report focuses on five critical areas: creating jobs and promoting economic growth, improving access to quality health care and education, fostering innovation, expanding outdoor opportunities, and supporting veterans and military families."

Soil testing Sustaining Rural Economies Through New Water Management Technologies

USDA. Agriculture Research Service.

"A research team of approximately 85 engineers and scientists has been assembled to address the problems associated with the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas and the Texas High Plains" through the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.