Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance


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U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Secretary


Many of us have been concerned about the apparent decline of rural America for some time. We have watched the outmigration of people from farms and rural towns. We have worried about the substandard housing and the relative scarcity of health care. We have charted declining economic bases I and shrinking rural job markets.

Thus, it is a.particular pleasure today to see rural America staging a comeback. A radical turnaround is under way in rural and small town areas. It is changing the destiny of these areas, making them more attractive places for young people like yourselves to locate and build families and careers.

No longer is rural America a declining area. On the contrary, the exodus of people from rural areas has all but stopped. Our farm population has stabilized.