Farm Bill Receives Mixed Response from Rural Advocates

The farm bill passed – and in today’s Congress, that’s news. But advocates say the bill could have done much more to improve the position of small farms versus corporate interests. And in a light but direct rebuke of the Trump administration, Congress will require the Department of Agriculture to reinstate the position of Undersecretary of Rural Development.... READ MORE

Exploring Solutions: The Economics of Managing Healthier Forests

Forest-management techniques could reduce the severity of catastrophic wildfires before they start. But there's currently no reliable way to pay for those activities. Two Western nonprofits grapple with building economies that support preventative forest management practices.... READ MORE

Analysis: Could Future Savings Pay for Forest Treatment Today?

Conservationists have had a hard time making fire-management forestry pay for itself through business startups. But public support for fire mitigation could pay big economic benefits down the road.... READ MORE

Exploring Solutions: ‘Wildfire as a Fact of Life’

Wildfires are burning hotter and faster, taking more lives and destroying more property. Climate change and human development patterns are only making the problem worse. So what can forest communities do to reduce their risk? Or, as one conservationist asks, how much fire can we live with?... READ MORE

SPEAK YOUR PIECE: Bergland a ‘Loyal Soldier’ with Heartburn

Bob Bergland, who died this week at the age of 90, didn’t agree with Jimmy Carter’s lackluster price-support plan. But he stayed in the Cabinet to carry out the policy, which may have cost Carter the 1980 election and delivered rural America into Republican hands.... READ MORE

Rural and Lower-Income Counties Lag Nation in Internet Subscriptions

Rural Americans and low-income counties significantly lag the rest of the nation in broadband access, according to new findings from the U.S. Census. The first-of-its-kind study gives researchers a new way to measure broadband access based on the responses of American households, rather than industry data.... READ MORE

Journalism Project Shines Light on Why So Many Lack Water Service in Central Appalachia

Share This: The Lexington Herald-Leader, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Charleston Gazette-Mail began publishing a series yesterday called Stirring the Waters, which explores why so many residents of Central Appalachia lack what many in the rest of America view as a human right: access to clean water. The series, the result of work from reporters Will Wright, Caity Coyne and Molly Born, is part of a public service program called Report for America, an initiative that deploys emerging journalists into newsrooms around the country... READ MORE

Foreign-born Doctors are Vital to Arizona’s Rural Communities

As rural areas face a shortage of doctors, some medical experts say hard-line immigration policies could deter young physicians born outside the country from filling these roles.... READ MORE

Local Banks Should Invest in Broadband Expansion Plans in Rural Areas, Report Says

Local financial institutions have monetary and business assets that can help underserved rural communities get a better connection to the internet. A federal regulatory agency says such projects are good for the banks and their communities and could qualify as local investment under the Community Reinvestment Act.... READ MORE

Incarceration Rates Vary Widely Based on Where Young Men Grew Up

The chances of winding up in prison are much greater for young men who grew up in states like Virginia and Delaware than they are for young men from Maine or Rhode Island.... READ MORE

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