Areas of Focus

Agronomist with Tablet
Irrigation System


What Can USDA Do to Help Rural America?

First, USDA must promote business investment in the middle of the country according to former advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Matt McKenna, who now heads the Rural Opportunity Initiative at Georgetown University.

How the Capital Markets Can Conserve America's Forests

As gridlock persists in addressing our nation’s critical infrastructure challenges – America’s roads, bridges and railways – a similar, yet vastly underreported set of challenges exist with our natural infrastructure: namely, the loss of our large privately-owned working forests. 

Investing in Rural America

Matt McKenna, executive in residence at Georgetown University’s Business for Impact, presented at the 13th annual DTN Ag Summit to explain why rural America continues to struggle to attract financial investors and what venture capital firms are looking for.

Why Big Investment Firms Shy away from Rural Water Projects

Matt McKenna, with Georgetown University’s School of Business, explaining why large investment firms shy away from investing in rural water projects.

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