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
Caught in the Drain: How a Plan to Reuse Wastewater Could Strangle the Santa Fe River
As climate change tightens its grip on the arid West, water managers are focusing on wastewater as a source of “new” water for cities.
Denise Fort
Towards a World Without Roadkill: Appalachians Make the Case for Wildlife Crossings
In Southern Appalachia, highways fracture the habitat of bears, elk, deer and other wildlife. Locals are pushing to make roads safer for animals and drivers.
Frances Figart
How a Rural Colorado Community Self-Organized a Successful Vaccination Effort
Immigrant community groups, forced to organize by the constant threat of ICE, have played a central role as vaccine information networks.
Dave Marston
Study: “Salmon Remain on the Brink of Extinction. And Time Is Running Out.”
Between dams and warming waters, West Coast populations of wild salmon have plunged by 98%. What will it take to stop the decline?
Tara Lohan
“In for a Fight": Rural Wisconsinites Resist Influx of Industrial Hog Facilities
Despite local efforts to block new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), corporate agriculture interests are legislating and intimidating their way out of accountability.
Simon Davis-Cohen
Boycotting the Boycotters: In Oil-Friendly States, New Bills Aim to Block Divestment from Fossil Fuels
You may divest from fossil fuels — but you may not be able to do business with the state of Texas.
Erika Bolstad
A Pesticide-Laced Flea Collar Has Been Linked to Almost 1,700 Pet Deaths. Why Hasn’t the EPA Issued a Warning?
Some experts say the collar reveals a fundamental problem with EPA’s pesticide regulation process.
Johnathan Hettinger
Towns Across the West Face a Housing Crisis. More Sprawl Is Not the Answer.
The lack of affordable shelter in the region has dramatic economic and public health repercussions. Some places are working to solve the problem by building more densely.
Jake Bullinger
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