Rural America

The Gentrification of the Rural West
What happens to a working-class town when developers put a resort where the sawmill used to be?
Ryanne Pilgeram
Death of a Sales Barn: How Corporations Took Over Our Food System
A new report explains how a handful of agribusiness firms came to dominate U.S. agriculture, how they’re ruining rural America, and how we can stop them.
Zoe Pharo
Farmers Reject Nicor's Pipe Dream
Residents of the historic Black farming community of Pembroke, Illinois want an energy upgrade—but they want renewables, not fossil fuels.
Zoe Pharo
How to Live with the New Predator that Stalks the West
Unwilling to share the landscape with grizzlies, wolves and other predators, the U.S. exterminated most of them. With wildfire, we don’t have that option.
Pepper Trail
Swamped by Vacation Rentals, Small Towns in the West Are Fighting Back
An explosion in the number of short-term rentals is contributing to an affordable housing crisis in the rural West. Some communities have responded by banning them.
Erika Bolstad
A Brief History of How Big Oil Outplayed Us All
For a century, the fossil fuel industry has outmaneuvered regulators and the public to lock in its power and profits, at the world’s expense.
Naomi Oreskes and Jeff Nesbit
In Defense of Hunting
In our age of ecological collapse, hunting animals for food is as relevant as ever.
Joseph Bullington
This Map Shows How Growing Seasons Are Shifting Due to Climate Change
EPA data shows that in some parts of the United States, the growing season is 50 days longer now than it was 1895.
Sky Chadde
After Ida, This Louisiana Tribe Is Organizing Its Own Recovery
Armed with agricultural knowledge and mutual aid networks, the Houma people aren't waiting on the government to rescue them.
Joseph Bullington
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