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
The Rural Vote Is Again in Play
The midterms showed that rural voters must be an integral part of the Democratic strategy if they want to win in 2024.
George Goehl
Will Lithium Mining Turn California's Salton Sea into a Green Energy Sacrifice Zone?
Once a tourist destination, the Salton Sea faces ecological collapse, toxic dust storms—and maybe a lithium boom.
Paige Oamek
After Platinum Health Took Control of Noble Sites, All Hospital Workers Were Fired
A private-equity startup acquired two rural Missouri hospitals during the pandemic. In March, it suspended all hospital services.
Sarah Jane Tribble
The Working-Class Loggers Who Saved an Old-Growth Forest
Often cast as villains in the Northwest’s environmental battles, timber workers have a connection to the forest that goes far beyond jobs.
Steven C. Beda
Salmon or Dams? The U.S. Might Finally Pick Salmon.
The Biden administration has recognized that removing dams is an issue of tribal justice and the only way to save endangered salmon.
Rocky Barker
No, More Pipelines Aren’t the Solution to High Gas Prices
Reviving Keystone XL wouldn’t lower gasoline prices but it would increase carbon emissions, environmental destruction and toxic pollution.
Ted Williams
How a Small Town in Maine Stopped a Silver Mine
A Canadian company planned to mine silver nearby, so town residents used Maine's “home rule” powers to ban industrial mining and protect their water.
Julia Conley
After Yellowstone Floods, Tourism Workers Lose Their Jobs—And Their Housing
Many Yellowstone workers depend on their bosses for a place to live. When the flood washed away their jobs, they lost their housing, too.
Joseph Bullington
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