Budget Bill Avoids Most of Trump’s Rural Cuts

The federal budget agreement has money for broadband, reforming wildfire funding, conservation programs and more. While the Trump administration proposed deep cuts and program eliminations in several rural program areas, Congress did not go along with those recommendations.... READ MORE

Rural America Gains Population for First Time in Six Years

Nonmetropolitan counties saw an increase in population over the last year -- the first such gain since 2011. The increase was slight and confined to rural counties that are closest to cities, according to a report from the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy.... READ MORE

To Heal Political Rifts, Build a Better Mousetrap

Avoiding arguments and awkward moments with family members is possible. Just reach across the political chasm and focus on a shared core value: rodent eradication.... READ MORE

Parting Shots: Big Stone Gap Football

In the first part of a new series of photos from the Daily Yonder's rural image archive, Shawn Poynter searches for an establishing shot in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.... READ MORE

Opinion: FCC Set to Waste Billions on the Wrong Rural Broadband Providers

Rural communities have already proven that cooperatives are the way to get good, fast Internet access to underserved areas. So why are AT&T and other big corporations in line to get $2.5 billion in government funding to reach customers – again.... READ MORE

Rural Groups Call For Better Funding Balance Between Forest Firefighting, Prevention

Conservation groups hope realistic budgeting for growing firefighting costs might keep officials from raiding funds for management practices that could prevent those fires in the first place.... READ MORE

State of Appalachia Conference Draws on Rich Religious History of Social Action

The second annual meeting will bring people of faith together to build on the new kind of “mission” work that began more than a half century ago.... READ MORE

Food Stamps Cuts Could Hit Rural America Hardest

“SNAP benefits people of every race, zip code, and political persuasion, all across this country. And when we ran the numbers … we uncovered the startling reality that rural areas are often struggling the most.”... READ MORE

Taxpayers Are Funding Crop Insurance ‘Bonanza’ for Private Companies, Report Says

The Land Stewardship Project says farmers are working with “a torn safety net,”while private insurance companies get guaranteed fees and off-load risk to the government.... READ MORE


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