Rural Job Recovery Varies by County Industry

Since the Great Recession of 2008, rural employment is down 4% using the latest annual reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hardest hit are counties where mining (including oil and natural gas production) predominates. Though still in the negative, manufacturing counties are closer to pre-recession levels than other nonmetro areas.... READ MORE

New USDA Loan Program Helps Maine Nonprofit Invest in Community

A state-of-the-art YMCA opens later this month in the midcoast community of Damariscotta, Maine. It’s one of two projects that are benefiting from Coastal Enterprises’ participation in a new Ag Department investment program.... READ MORE

Farm Bill Should Do More for Rural Health and Hospitals

Hospitals are economic linchpins for rural communities, health advocates say. The farm bill ought to sharpen its focus on preventing more rural hospital closures.... READ MORE

Government, Private Watchdog Groups Call for End to Self-Bonding by Coal Companies

Since passage of the federal surface-mine law in 1977, coal companies have been on the hook to reclaim disturbed land when mining ends. Too many of them have wriggled off through bankruptcy, say reports from conservation groups and the federal government.... READ MORE

Farm Bill Draft Gives Ag Secretary Power to Declare Rural Health Emergency

The House version of the farm bill released Thursday would expand work requirements for food stamp recipients and cut spending in the nutrition program by $93 billion over 10 years.... READ MORE

Farmers Grow Wary of Trade Conflict with China

As the Trump administration and China play chess over corn and soybeans — and the USDA predicts big crops of both — farmers look on with trepidation and a foreboding that they’ve faced similar storms before.... READ MORE

When It Comes to Broadband, Millennials Vote with Their Feet

When they live in remote rural areas, millennials are more likely to reside in a county that has better digital access. The findings could indicate that the digital economy is helping decentralize the economy, not just clustering economic change in the cities that are already the largest.... READ MORE

Microsoft Looks for Ways to Increase Impact in Rural Areas

The tech giant has a goal of helping individuals “achieve more.” In rural areas, the company is looking for ways to connect local capacity with learning and business opportunities, according to a Microsoft official. The Daily Yonder speaks with Microsoft’s “General Manager of 21st Century Jobs, Skills and Employment.”... READ MORE

Telehealth — the Ideal Marketing Tool for Rural Municipal Networks

Telehealth is a great way to meet a community need while demonstrating the advantages of having a fast and publicly owned internet service provider.... READ MORE

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