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January 22, 2021

 

 
 
 
 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS) released the 2020 edition of its America's Diverse Family Farms report, which provides the latest statistics on farm production, financial performance, and household characteristics by farm size. Family farms are those where most of the farm is owned by the principal operator. The report uses data from the 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, an annual USDA poll of about 14,450 farms. Among the report's findings: 98% of U.S. farms are family farms; family farms accounted for 86% of farm production in 2019; 90% of family farms are small, meaning they have a gross cash farm income (GCFI) of less than $350,000; small farms accounted for 49% of land operated by farms and 22% of production in 2019; 10.7% of small family farms had principal operators who reported retiring from farming in 2019, but said they continued to farm on a small scale; 41.4% of small family-farm operators reported having a primary occupation other than farming. ERS hosted a free webinar to go over the major points of the report. Click here to watch it.

 

 
 
 
 

The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness, and recovery efforts for all types of emergencies. The Census Bureau’s ongoing surveys of businesses will also assist in measuring the economic impact of COVID-19 and other emergencies and help in the country’s eventual recovery. American Community Survey statistics are helping identify counties with large at-risk populations such as the elderly. This invaluable information is only possible because people and businesses respond to our confidential surveys such as the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and the 2020 Census.

 

 
 
 
 

Registration is open!

 

The 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference will be presented virtually on February 24-25, 2021, in conjunction with the Governor's Rural Affairs Council and Rural Partners. Please visit our conference portal page to register and check the most current schedule. The registration fee is $25 per person for both days.

 

 
 
 
 

From Laura Hepp Kessel, Chair, Rural Partners Board of Directors:

The 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of Illinois Rural Partners will be held virtually, beginning at 9 a.m. March 2, 2021. If you plan to attend, please send a message to Janet Bascom at info@ruralpartners.org. We’ll send a link to the meeting before March 2. Watch for an email in the coming weeks where you can provide feedback regarding topics of interest for our annual meeting. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to participate in the online survey when it is emailed to you. We hope you can attend the annual membership meeting!

 

 
 
 
 

Local Government Education welcomes Rural Partners to host noon-time telehealth webinars on January 21, February 12, and February 17. Part 1: SIU Medicine’s Telehealth Program and Experience will discuss how SIU Medicine’s “telehealth to the home” services have expanded and continues to seek feedback from their patients and work towards the future demand. Part 2: The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities will define telehealth, examine its development and the seismic change in healthcare during the pandemic. Finally, Part 3: The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies looks at existing research on telemedicine that suggests that access to care, or convenience is a major determinant of demand. Questions that presenters will address are: How significant is telemedicine as a model for healthcare provision in Illinois?  Does preference for telemedicine differ between the metro and the nonmetro population?  What is the societal value of telemedicine? Go to the registration page for the Rural Partners Telehealth Webinar Series, for further information.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 27 - National Association of Counties' Federal Legislative Update

February 12 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 2): The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities

February 17 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 3): The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies

February 19 - Governor's Hometown Award Application Due Date

February 24 & 25 - 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

March 2 - 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of Illinois Rural Partners

 

 
 
 
 
 

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