Pork, political sway and provoked communities

Rural neighbors join forces against giant hog farms. But in state capitols, money talks.... READ MORE

Cash-Poor Farmers Can’t Afford to Sell to the Next Generation

The average age of farmers is on the rise because farmers count on farm-sale proceeds to retire. If there’s no profit, there’s no retirement.... READ MORE

Ag/Trade Group Gives Trump Failing Grade for Year One in Rural

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released a review of the Trump administration’s impact on rural America. The administration says policies like tax revisions and eliminating regulations have helped rural America. IATP's report comes to a different conclusion.... READ MORE

Cheap bacon and bigger barns turn Iowa inside out

Big Ag moves into rural communities and upends the social and economic balance.... READ MORE

Formula for Rural Prosperity Is Deregulation, USDA Report Says

Long on rhetoric and short on specifics, the rural prosperity task-force document does not mention the fate of existing programs that support rural broadband, community development, and infrastructure.... READ MORE

Dynamic Delta Leaders: Education Is the Key

The Mississippi Delta is often labeled as a region with "the highest rates of everything bad and lowest of everything good." But young leaders who are returning home to the Delta -- or relocating from beyond the region -- have a different vision. And education is the way to achieve it, they say. This is the first installment of a three-part series on young Delta leaders, produced by Delta resident Timothy Lampkin with Winfield Ezell, and Sean Cokes.... READ MORE

Foreign-Owned Companies Use American Wind-Energy Tax Break

The growth in wind-energy production in the Midwest is fueled in part by investments from foreign companies that have taken advantage of recession-recovery tax breaks.... READ MORE

Trump Administration Resurrects Mining Lease in N.E. Minnesota

Outdoor economy enthusiasts fear the impact of mining near the Boundary Waters, the “accessible” wilderness along the Canadian border. But backers say a copper and nickel mine would bring more jobs and opportunity.... READ MORE

How Much Are Students Improving in Your School District?

A massive new study shows which districts are having a bigger impact on student performance. The results might surprise you.... READ MORE


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