Recently Read: Drones Can Benefit Rural Communities

by the editors 16/02/2014  Dr. Dave Kohl, Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural & Applied Economics Department at Virginia Tech University discusses the key economic indicators to observe in the agricultural industry in the recorded webinar entitled The Pulse of Global Economics Mapping Local Food Webs Toolkit from the Campaign to Protect Rural England Rural communities Read More …

Getting the Word Out

by Doug Ramsey 04/02/2014 While the Journal of Rural Policy Studies conceived by ICRPS founders did not come to fruition, myself with others (including ICRPS members not mentioned in John Bryden’s history of ICRPS) did found the Journal of Rural and Community Development (JRCD) in 2005. Given my recent post about technology I thought it Read More …

Web Attack, Access, and Isolation

by Doug Ramsey, 15/11/2013 On October 14, 2013, the Thanksgiving Holiday in Canada, someone made an unauthorized access into one of the 40 computer servers at Brandon University. We call these people hackers. Some do it just to prove they can. Others do it for more vindictive reasons. Regardless of the reason, it is an Read More …

Recently Read: Technology for the Future of Farming?

by the editors, 6/10/2013 These are some of the articles we have come across lately. We hope you enjoy! The 9th OECD Rural Developement Policy Confererence will be held in Bologna, Italy 23-25th of October. The topic is Rural-Urban Partnerships: An Integrated Approach to Economic Developement Norway invests $23.7 million in crop diversity to ensure Read More …

The Future of Rural: Peak Oil and Climate Change in Rural Communities

by Eric Marr, 25/02/2013 On Friday, February 15 I had the opportunity to sit as a panellist at the 2013 Farmland Forum hosted by the Ontario Farmland Trust and the University of Guelph. The topic of the forum was “The Farm Economy & Rural Resilience: Coping with Climate Change & Rising Energy Prices” and brought Read More …

Recently Read: David-and-Goliath – Indiana Farmer Against Monsanto in US Supreme Court

by the editors 19/02/2013 Mining in the north of Canada is expected to nearly double by 2020. However, substantial impediments for sustainable growth exist (Thanks for the tip, John D!) NYT: In India, food perishes in the heat because of lack of cooling. Maybe a SolerCool can help? NPR: Rice shortage  – The story of a shortage Read More …

The next big resource? Harnessing Digital Youth in rural Canada

by Wayne Kelly, 21/01/2013 After a five year hiatus, I have started doing some work again in the area of rural youth, a critical issue for rural communities. One of the projects I am working on focuses on the importance of digital skills and the knowledge-based economy for rural youth. Economic development in rural Canada Read More …

Subways in the Countryside? Not Exactly… (Rural Transportation Series Part 2)

by Eric Marr, 5/11/2012 “Density is not the main barrier to providing public transport that offers a real alternative to the car; rather, it is a rationalization for inaction.” Paul Mees (2011), Transport for Suburbia  If one resides in a rural area and does not have access to a personal vehicle how do they get Read More …

Assessing Transportation Disadvantage and Public Transportation Opportunities in Rural Ontario (Part 1)

by Eric Marr, 14/10/2012 “Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car” (E. B. White, 1940).  Nowhere is this statement more true than in rural areas. Throughout much of Canada a personal vehicle is the only transportation option available thereby severely restricting the mobility of those that cannot drive for Read More …

‘The Internet of Elsewhere’ works for countries – how about communities?

by Wayne Kelley, 14/09/2012 After I heard an interview with Cyrus Farivar on CBC radio, I read his book “Internet of Elsewhere” to better understand how the Internet has developed in four countries besides Canada. Farivar’s book describes how the Internet has emerged in four different countries and settings: South Korea, Senegal, Estonia and Iran.This Read More …