Rural America

The Time Has Come to Demolish Glen Canyon Dam
Amid a worsening drought in the Southwest, the controversial dam on the Colorado River is ceasing to serve its purpose. It’s time to tear it down.
Gary Wockner
In North Carolina’s Tobacco Fields, Guest Workers Battle the “Green Monster”
The state’s tobacco harvest increasingly relies on guest workers, who face nicotine poisoning and what advocates say are inadequate labor protections.
Da Yeon Eom
Tribal Court Case Against Line 3 Pipeline Is First to Invoke “Rights of Nature”
The suit by the White Earth Band of Ojibwe says Enbridge's pipeline would violate the rights of wild rice, which the tribe enshrined in law in 2018.
Alex Brown
Climate Change and Privatization Could End the Public Beach
Sea-level rise on one side and private development on the other threaten to squeeze beaches, and public access to them, out of existence.
Thomas Ankersen
Dear Congress: Say No to Water Privatization in the Infrastructure Bill
Water costs have soared in recent years as federal funding for water infrastructure has shrunk. Privatization is the last thing we need.
Rural America In These Times
While Meatpacking Companies Reap Big Profits, Cattle Ranchers Struggle
Grocery store beef prices are rising. The rancher’s share is falling. And the companies that dominate the highly-concentrated meatpacking industry are making a killing.
Mary Hennigan
The Unopen Range: How Fences Hurt Wild Animals
In the Western United States alone, 620,000 miles of fence carve up the land. These barriers threaten the migrations of pronghorn, mule deer and other species.
Tara Lohan
Yellowstone Is Losing Its Snow, with Repercussions for Everyone Downstream
A climate assessment found that snowfall is declining in Greater Yellowstone — and likely to keep declining. The problems trickle down to impact everyone from trout to grizzly bears to people.
Bryan Shuman
What Can the Biden Admin Do to Make Our Food System More Resilient? Make it More Local.
Our food supply chains are vulnerable because they’re highly concentrated, corporatized and unaccountable to the public.
Ben Lilliston
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