The topic for our June Prairie Idea Exchange gathering was building connections between agriculture and our communities.
We grounded the conversation in two basic ideas: First, our Dakota communities exist because of agriculture. The nature of the relationship has changed as agriculture has changed, but it is still strong. Second, whatever other disagreements we may have, those of us who live in the Dakotas want our rural communities to survive and thrive.
The conversation aimed to describe what’s happening with this relationship between agriculture and communities, as well as to imagine how ag and communities could each make the other better.
What follows are the stories that resulted from that conversation. Read. Consider. Then join in the conversation at
www.pie4.us . Ideas from that online forum will appear in the September/October issue.
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- Infographic: Seeing trends, making connections 
- What are you noticing about the connection between ag and community where you live? 
- So you call yourself a ‘farmer’ 
- Challenging Assumptions 
- Infographic: Where should ag development go? 
- What new ways of doings things would help agriculture and communities to make each other better? 
- What’s possible: How to have a better conversation about large ag development 
- What’s possible: Young Guns hit the mark for involvement in DeSmet 
- What’s possible: Adding value can multiply benefits for agriculture, rural communities 
- What’s possible: Venture brings food lovers around farmyard table 
- What’s possible: Dakotas’ Farm to School efforts still in early stage 
- What’s possible: Jumping local food system hurdles 
- The community-building potential of local food 
- Column: Why so much regulation? Because we don’t trust each other. 
- 10 Things you may have wondered about agriculture