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Creating jobs, building partnerships in rural AmericaCreating jobs, building partnerships in rural America

Drs. Dave Shideler and Sarah Low discuss how to create opportunities, boost employment and build partnerships in rural communities.

Shelley E. Huguley

October 15, 2019

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Drs. Pia Orrenius, vice president and senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, left, and Sarah Low, associate professor of Regional Economics and Willard R. Sparks chair in Agribusiness Studies, University of Missouri, enjoy lunch at the Rural Economic Outlook Conference, Stillwater, Okla. Both were guest speakers at the annual event. Shelley E. Huguley

What is happening in rural America? Are communities growing or decreasing in population? For those in decline, what are some economic development strategies communities can use to build businesses and strengthen partnerships? Hear what Drs. Dave Shideler and Sarah Low had to say at the Oklahoma State University Rural Economic Outlook Conference, Stillwater. Shideler is OSU's Extension Community Development specialist, while Low is the associate professor of Regional Economics and Fred V. Heinkel chair in Agriculture, University of Missouri.




About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions that have to be made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such a Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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