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Rural Communities Must Empower Youth - Has your Montana community taken advantage of MEDA's Resource Team Assessments?:


The future of rural America depends on attracting younger generations to make a life in smaller communities. That means listening to young people, responding to their interests, and sharing power. By ...


Rural divide:


America's cultural divide runs deep. While rural and urban Americans share some economic challenges, they frequently diverge on questions of culture and values. On few issues are they more at odds ...


Effective Rural Programs Are at 'Grave Risk':


Public programs that invest in rural America reduce poverty and expand the economy, an economist tells the Senate ag committee. Senators must exercise leadership to preserve these effective programs. Full ...


Chemistry Professor's Blues 'Experiment' Catalyzes Small-Town Cultural Revival:


Cliff Harris knew he wanted more music in his life, so when a historic theater re-opened in his small Michigan town, he thought it was the perfect opportunity to start a blues jam. Only problem? ...


Explained: The Many Definitions of Rural:


Wisconsin provides a case study in the varied methods for defining rural, and why that matters. "Rural is not simple to define, perhaps because the real question is rural for what purpose?" James ...


Is Rural America The New Inner City?:


America's countryside is dying, and in a meaningful, measurable way. Whether you look at median income or per capita income, the poorest places in the nation are rural and they are overwhelmingly ...


Speak Your Piece: The Economic Status of Rural America in the Trump Era:


The president is scheduled to release a more detailed budget proposal this week that will include major cuts in USDA Rural Development and other programs affecting rural America and rural regions. ...


'What Is the Impact on the Most Vulnerable Rural People?' - USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's Announcement:


Rural advocates and political leaders respond to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement that he will eliminate the undersecretary position that oversees programs for rural housing, broadband, ...


White House Adviser Erroneously Calls Ag the 'Primary Driver' of Rural Economy:


The White House's first initiative to tackle rural policy goes all in on commercial agriculture, starting with a vastly inaccurate overstatement on the economic weight of the farming sector. ...


Broadband 'Vouchers' Won't Help Rural America Connect; So What Will?:


A proposal from a former FCC staffer would destabilize rural America's broadband infrastructure and discourage investment. Instead, the Federal Communications Commission should focus on modifying the ...


Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.:




Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West addresses issues plaguing the rural west:




Disabled, or just desperate? Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up:


Across large swaths of the country, disability has reshaped scores of mostly white, almost exclusively rural communities, where as many as one-third of working-age adults live on monthly disability checks, ...


Major overhaul to help rural Colorado could be a game changer for the legislative session:


The bill redirects money to rural schools and roads and allows millions more for hospitals By John Frank | jfrank@denverpost.com and Brian Eason | brianeason@denverpost.com | The Denver Post Full ...


Want to Revitalize Rural America? Forgive Student Loan Debt for Young Farmers:


The National Young Farmers Coalition makes headway on a loan forgiveness bill in Congress. "Regardless of how you feel about the results of the November election, no one is denying that we need ...


Where is 'rural America,' and what does it look like?:


Rural people and issues generally receive little attention from the urban-centric media and policy elites. Yet, rural America makes unique contributions to the nation's character and culture as well as ...


Urban, rural American get into a knife fight:


Smarter people than me have made the observation that the divide we are witnessing in America today is less liberal versus conservative than it is urban versus rural. Another good example came to us ...


Get It Done: In This Town of 1,000, One Successful Project Led to the Next:


Like many small communities, Keota, Iowa, faces some challenges. But the idea that they aren't big enough to take on large projects isn't one of them. At least not any more. Business operator Melinda ...


8 Rural and Small Town Trends for 2017:


Every year, I read the latest batch of trends articles: tech trends, small business trends, marketing trends. I find myself wondering, where the heck do these people live? Because it's obviously not in ...


8 Rural and Small Town Trends for 2017:


New trends that apply in rural places, small towns and any community under about 20,000 in population. ... These trends are either just now emerging or are already in full swing. What will the next ...


Bridging the Rural-Urban 'Conservation Gap' :


An Oregon resident who helps maintain and protect backcountry trails in the National Forest says urban conservation groups aren't doing enough to find common ground with rural residents. It's there, ...


What's behind the growing urban, rural divide?:


An overwhelming percentage of the United States -- about 97 percent-- is considered rural, but is home to only a small percentage of the population -- about 19 percent. The remaining 80 percent live in ...


Wyden, Merkley fight to save 'lifeline' for rural communities - Senators seek renewed Secure Rural Schools funding:


"The notion that these investments in rural communities could be killed and replaced with logging alone is disconnected from reality," Wyden said. "I will continue to pursue a comprehensive, reality-based ...


Taking Charge: How Rural Residents Are Switching from Employees to Business Owners:


The retirement of the baby boom generation of business proprietors is predicted to result in a major turnover in ownership. Developing an ownership succession plan is especially challenging in rural areas ...


For Rural America to Win In Corporate Site Selection and Economic Development :




Democrats search for a path back into rural America's good graces:


Democrats continue to digest last month's election results and probably will do so for months to come. The devastation of losing a presidential contest most Democrats thought they would win has been compounded ...


The Urban-Rural Divide Is Growing and 'We're Living With the Consequences':


Density becomes a marker for politics. Author Bill Bishop, who has spent years studying America's political segregation, discusses what it means for politics and progress. You have increasing ...


Intensely Local: How Some Rural Hospitals Thrive:


Under myriad pressures, an increasing number of rural hospitals are either shutting their doors or joining up with large systems. Some, though, continue to do quite well as independents. By ...


In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle?:


Lea County tries a different formula for rural success. Seeking to capitalize off its reputation as an energy producer, Lea County rebranded itself as "The EnergyPlex," and started recruiting nuclear, ...


The lost generation of rural Americans:


There are 50 million rural residents in the United States and some families are disenfranchised by the isolation and poverty. National Rural Assembly chair Dee Davis says a new effort called "Kids, ...

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