In N.C., a New Dividing Line: Before the Storm and After

Social media gives an all-too-accurate picture of hurricane’s destructive flooding. A former Eastern North Carolina resident watches closely – but from afar.... READ MORE

Competition Builds Cooperation for Urban-Rural Decathletes

Communities that appear to be on opposite sides of U.S. politics come together for the first-ever Super Decathlon pitting residents of Washington, D.C., against residents of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Cooperation and team spirit are the winners.... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece: Rural Lawyers’ Alliance Fills Needs, Creates Opportunities

An urban “glut” of new lawyers hides the fact that many rural communities lack legal expertise that could help them address personal and societal issues. One lawyer who returned to her rural roots from the big city is part of an effort to change that.... READ MORE

For Farmers, the Impact of Florence Will Linger for Years

While the storm strikes and when recovery begins, we’ll hear a lot about Hurricane Florence. But the toughest times for the region’s farmers will likely come long after the reporters and TV cameras have gone home. Scott Marlow, a “farm-crisis advocate” who has worked with farmers after 16 previous hurricanes, tells us what to expect and – just as important – when to expect it.... READ MORE

Rural Jobs Grow at Slower Pace than Metro for July 2018

Employment change continues to skew toward cities. Meanwhile, the poverty rate fell slightly in rural areas from 2016 to 2017, but median income remained flat.... READ MORE

Rural Childhood Contributes to Later Economic Success

Last year the Daily Yonder reported that children who grow up in rural areas have a better chance of earning more money later in life. A Penn State study confirms that report and tracks the impact of other factors affecting both urban and rural children.... READ MORE

Threatened Program Delivers Big Results, Conservationists Say

The Conservation Stewardship Program provides a 4 to 1 return on investment, according to a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The House version of the farm bill would eliminate the program.... READ MORE

Despite Rough Patches, Officials Recall McCain’s Service to Native Americans

McCain served more than three decades on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, twice serving as its chairman, sponsoring or cosponsoring bills ranging from water rights and education to gaming and economic improvement for Native American communities.... READ MORE

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Fast Takes | The Rural Deaths-of-Despair Myth Revisited — Again

A new study is being interpreted as saying deaths of despair contributed to Donald Trump’s election. That’s wrong, for (at least) four reasons. | The farm bill, which has big implications for lower-income Americans, plods on. | Is rural support for Trump waning?... READ MORE

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