Ohio Has an Important Rural Influence
- Thirty-two Ohio counties are part of the 13 state Appalachian Regional Commission.
- Thirty-one percent of Ohio is forested according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
- Rural Ohio is home to more than 75,000 farms across nearly 14 million acres.
- According to USDA Rural Development, sales of farm and ranch products contributed $10 billion to Ohio’s economy in 2012.
- Rural America at a Glance
Ohio Has Unique Urban-Suburban-Rural Connections
Various indicators in the state demonstrate a dynamic flow of people and other resources throughout all geographic areas along the urban and rural continuum. Many Ohioans live in one county, work in another, and enjoy recreation and tourism in other counties. Other flows are studied from various interrelated perspectives, such as land use, commerce, food, water, waste, pollution, and the environment.
Rural Perspective Resources
Programs at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences
-The goal of the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy is to lead a nationally and internationally recognized research and outreach program focused on priority issues related to rural and urban communities and their growth. The Swank Program conducts and supports research, teaching, and outreach within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and Ohio State University Extension.
-Rural sociologists focus on the study of social life in rural and non-metropolitan areas domestically and internationally. Read more about Ohio State's program.
Health and Wellness
-The goal of the Ohio State Office of Rural Health (SORH) is to help strengthen rural health care delivery systems by creating a focal point for coordinating rural health initiatives statewide.
-The National Center for Rural Health Works provides tools and templates by which community residents can evaluate their health systems.
-The National Rural Health Assocation is a national non-profit membership organization whose mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research.
-Rural Policy Research Institute - based out of the University of Iowa, College of Public Health
-The National Association for Rural Mental Health seeks to promote the linkage of the diverse voices of rural mental health, through its activities as a membership organization. As a national organization, NARMH provides a forum for rural mental health professionals, advocates, and consumers to identify issues and problems, share innovative solutions and model programs, and speak with a shared voice on issues of rural mental health concern
-Rural Finance & Investment Learning Centre - The Rural Finance Program at The Ohio State University is a recognized world leader in the analysis of rural financial markets and other finance and development questions, particularly those concerning the design and implementation of financial reform programs, the establishment of prudential regulation and supervision frameworks, and the provision of financial services to difficult clienteles (small farmers, rural and urban microenterprises, the poor, women) in developing countries.
-Ohio's Electric Cooperatives serve more than 380,000 homes and businesses in 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
-Ohio Rural Water Association (ORWA) provides free on-site technical assistance to Ohio's rural communities with water and wastewater systems. ORWA is the Ohio state chapter of the National Rural Water Association, which strives to better water quality of America’s rural residents.
-Connect Ohio works to bring the benfits of universal broadband to Ohio. Technology, especially widespread access, adoption, and use of broadband, improves all areas of life.
-Broadband Report from the Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy - Connecting the Dots of Ohio's Broadband Policy
Thriving Across the Life Span
-The mission of the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative is to provide members with rich professional development content that is relevant and engaging.
-The National Rural Education Association (NREA) is the voice of all rural schools and rural communities across the United States.
Sustainable Food Systems
-The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.
-City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. Explore information and tools on urban agriculture in USDA's National Agriculture Library.
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-Urban Agriculture Manual (Wisconsin)
-USDA New Farmer Discovery Tool
Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities
-USDA Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity was established to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities.
-The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) works with extension professionals, researchers, and their partners to enhance rural development outcomes in the 12 state north central region. Information about other Rural Regions Development Centers across the United States.
-Governor’s Office of Appalachia is the advocate for Ohio’s Appalachian region, our office works to coordinate economic and community development and partnership endeavors to improve the lives of those living in the region.
-The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government.
USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through their programs, they help rural Americans. Ohio specific information from USDA Rural Development.
-Council for Rural Housing & Development of Ohio (CRHDO) is an advocate in rural housing, working on the national, state, and local levels to provide a voice for continued support of rural housing initiatives.
-The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) provides consulting services to help rural communities address their drinking water and wastewater treatment needs.
United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS) analyzes the use and efficacy of conservation practices and of Federal programs and policies in combating the effects of agriculture. ERS also evaluates the suite of policy tools that can be used to encourage farmers to adopt practices that protect and enhance environmental quality.
Rural Research Resources for Faculty and Staff
-The Journal of Rural Studies publishes cutting-edge research that advances understanding and analysis of contemporary rural societies, economies, cultures and lifestyles; the definition and representation of rurality; the formulation, implementation and contestation of rural policy; and human interactions with the rural environment.
-The Journal of Rural Health, a quarterly journal published by the National Rural Health Association, serves as a medium for communication among health scientists and professionals in practice, educational, research and policy settings.
-The Rural Sociology Society is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment.
-The Rural Health Research Gateway provides easy and timely access to research conducted by the Rural Health Research Centers, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
-The mission of the Rural Research and Analysis Program is to maintain this traditional commitment to research and analysis. The program will conduct in-depth research and analysis on emerging and critical rural issues, author reports and studies based on this research and analysis, and disseminate such reports and studies to relevant audiences.
-The National Center for Research on Rural Education (R2Ed), funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), is housed in the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
-Rural Health Information Hub Research and needs assessments can help determine where and how resources may best be targeted, and program evaluations can indicate whether a particular intervention or approach works well in a rural context.
-The Rural Health Research and Policy Center was funded through the Rural Health Research Center Program in the Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
-The Ohio University Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI) exists to encourage research and education on health issues relevant to the Appalachian region, rural communities and underserved populations.
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