Rural America

The mission of Rural America In These Times is to make the issues faced by rural America part of national discourse and to overcome the rural-urban divide. 

We seek to build bridges, facilitate communication and foster cooperation between urban people who understand the value of a healthy and sustainable agricultural system, and the farmers in our rural communities that provide food that we all eat.

Latest Stories
An EPA Plan to Curb Pollution Could Dump More of It Into Black Neighborhoods
A Biden Administration rule could remove "forever chemicals" from our drinking water—by incinerating them in low-income sacrifice zones.
Adam Mahoney
Oklahoma Tribes Are Fighting Corporate Consolidation of the Cattle Industry—and Building Food Sovereignty
“Food is power, and having control over your food sources is the difference between independence or subjugation.”
Ben Felder
In Texas, SpaceX's Rocket Facility is Blocking Public Beach Access
A proposed land trade would hand over even more of Boca Chica to SpaceX.
Joseph Bullington
“Crisis”: Half of Rural Hospitals Are Operating at a Loss, Hundreds Could Close
A new report paints a grim picture for small-town health care—especially in states that have not expanded Medicaid.
Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez
Can Tenants Take Back Bozeman?
Luxury construction is pushing locals out of their homes, but Bozemanites are not going quietly.
Joseph Bullington
Louisiana’s Prison System—Brought to You by Big Oil
How oil money turned Louisiana into the prison capital of the world.
Lydia Pelot-Hobbs
How Deregulation Is Helping Turn Eastern Oklahoma into a Factory Farm Sacrifice Zone
Fetid air, polluted water, heavy truck traffic: Since the state loosened regulations a decade ago, a rush of industrial chicken farms is transforming life for rural residents.
Ben Felder
Donald Trump Makes a Mockery of Populism
To call Trump a “populist” is to desecrate the memory of the 19th century movement that took on robber barons like him.
Tim Brinkhof
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