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When I got the news about USDA's online atlas of rural America, I had to try it out. What a great tool for marketers! Now, you can search county-by-county information for all sorts of demographic information including acreages, income, and even population trends. If you're targeting your messages -- and you probably are -- check out the first story below. Also, the availability of broadband, or lack thereof, in rural areas is getting a lot of press.

February 23, 2011

IN THE NEWS:

USDA introduces online atlas of rural and small-town America
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Free land for homesteaders
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AccuWeather: Wild spring ahead with tornadoes, late-season snow
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New York Times: Digital age slow to arrive in rural America
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Super Wi-Fi -- a broadband boon for rural America
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Verizon Wireless partners to deliver 4G LTE mobile broadband to rural communities
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Vinegar herbicide approved for organic crop use
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Home Depot to hire more than 60,000 seasonal associates
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Thorne Research launches Thorne Vet line of holistic animal health products
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G.E.T. products at Walmart
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Alamo Group unveils Rhino-brand ZTR mowers
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AQHA welcomes new corporate partner
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Yamaha OHV Access initiative contributed more than $265,000 in 2010
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NTRA and AQHA continue to offer significant discounts for members
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TV personality Jimmy Houston joins TYM team
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Deere's sales up 27%, net income doubles in 1st quarter
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Generac Corporation earnings up 56%
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The Toro Company reports 2011 first quarter results
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New product management support specialist at STIHL
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Kent Nutrition names new equine-lifestyle account manager
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Crop mobs sprout up on small farms
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New Toyota campaign reminds consumers why it's the best-selling brand in America
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