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Is This a Story? How Much Does Rural Location Affect Voting Rights Coverage?

Nine-term Douglas, Georgia, City Commissioner Olivia Pearson is scheduled to go to trial next week on felony charges of voter fraud. The prosecution says she illegally assisted people in the booth and lied about it. Voting rights organizations say she’s being singled out as an outspoken and politically active leader in a state effort to suppress African American votes. It sounds like a story to us. But like the rest of American media, we're watching from afar. Why?... READ MORE

The Dumas Complex fire burned 28,800 acres in Texas. Catastrophic fires also raged in Kansas and Oklahoma. (Photo: Texas A&M Forest Service)

Extreme Weather, Variability Preceded Southern Great Plains Wildfires

Devastating wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas have drawn relief support from around the country. Cattle ranchers deal with crippling losses.... READ MORE

The author, Allan Sents, middle right, after a day on Capitol Hill in February lobbying on behalf of changes in meat-market rules. Also pictured are (left) Lia Biondo, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association policy & communications coordinator; Deanna Sents, wife of Allan Sents; and (right) Jordan Ebert, USCA policy & research fellow.

A Call to Cattlemen: Support Rules that Will Restore Order in the Marketplace

The American values of competition and independence are being crushed by the selfish actions of major livestock trade associations. The U.S. needs to clarify the rules that are supposed to keep meat markets fair for all, not just enormous corporate buyers.... READ MORE

Lightning strikes in a field at Montana's American Prairie Reserve. Photograph by Dennis J. Lingohr

‘The Last Best Chance’ to Restore an Ecosystem

With equal parts vision and pragmatism, the American Prairie Preserve attempts to create the largest-scale conservation project in North America. The plan includes the purchase of private lands, easements for public lands, and efforts to share economic benefits with local residents.... READ MORE

Darvin Bentlage is a fourth-generation farmer from Golden City, Missouri. He was uninsured before the ACA and featured in a video from the Department of Health and Human Services supporting the law. (Department of Health and Human Services website)

Once Nearly Buried By Medical Bills, A Farmer Braces For Insurance Drought

With preexisting conditions that made insurance “impossibly expensive,” Darvin Bentlage found coverage through the Affordable Care Act. He worries that the Republican proposal will put him back where he was – hoping nothing goes wrong and refinancing the farm when it does.... READ MORE

Photo by Lance Booth.

What Seemed Like a ‘Harmless’ Shortcut Looks Different a Few Years Later

As a newly minted foreman, Gary sometimes finds himself evaluating his own work from a few years before. He doesn't always like what he finds.... READ MORE

A Natural Resource Conservation Service employee (left) based in a Utah Service Center helps assess native grasses with workers at a range-land restoration project. The budget proposal calls for staff cuts at USDA Service Centers around the country. (USDA via flckr)

President’s Proposed Budget Recommends Deep Cuts in Rural Programs

USDA's Rural Development, which helps provide water, power, broadband, housing, and small business loans in rural America, gets identified for deep cuts in the president's budget proposal. The proposal, which is just the first salvo in the budget battle, also recommends eliminating agencies like the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority.... READ MORE

Photo by Chad Stevens/Rural Archive

The Biggest Losers under ‘Trumpcare’ — Rural Women

The Republican healthcare proposal has rural women in the crosshairs for service cuts and higher insurance costs. Changing the healthcare law also raises the specter of losing reproductive health guarantees that are part of the Affordable Care Act.... READ MORE

A farm north of Cortez in Montezuma County, Colorado. Parts of county are a patchwork of private and public land, increasing the impact of public land policy on residents. (Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.)

Trump Likely to Stop New BLM Land Planning that Sought to Include Community Voices

President Trump appears ready to roll back Obama-administration regulations that sought to give local residents more of a voice in land-use planning at the Bureau of Land Management. Citizen groups say the change will benefit oil and gas companies at the expense of residents.... READ MORE

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