Rural Communities are undergoing change. They were once the life-blood of the country. They were the economic center of hard-working family farms that grew the food of the nation, provided jobs and sustained countless support businesses. Today family farms are steadily being replaced with larger, more efficient corporate farms who require far fewer workers per acre. Small businesses now find it difficult to compete with their larger counterparts in regional urban centers. This unabated trend, accelerated by the continuing national economic problems, has resulted in a loss of rural employment, population and businesses.
The rural lifestyle is also changing. Many local rural schools, churches, hospitals and community centers are under pressure to cut services or even close because there are often not enough people and funds to sustain them. Many community governments are also hard pressed to provide needed services because of rising costs and shrinking revenues.