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Rural America

The Trouble With Shirley: Race, Power and the Cow in the Room

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

In our efforts to move past race, we have run right smack into it. There is no doubt about it. Rather than moving us toward a post-racial society, it has made us hyper vigilant of how race and power intersect in American society.

Fundraising in Rural America

Teresa Huizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

All too often, when we think of fundraising, we focus on efforts and resources that are only applicable to metropolitan settings. Foundations are likely to be located in cities and traditional fundraisers cater to an urban crowd.

Getting to Work in Small Town America

David D. Burstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David D. Burstein

While Wilmington, Ohio may not be on a lot of New Yorkers lists of top tourist destinations, I had one of the most interesting and inspiring holiday weekends of my life.

Tales From the Census Trail: KT's Bit

KT Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
KT Boyle

I saw the recession's effects on small town America when I took the test to become a Census worker, and found myself in a room full of businessmen and soccer moms in suits, most over age 40.

Revitalize Rural America? First grow some backbone

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Holt Gimenez

With Annie Shattuck U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently declared a "silent" crisis in rural America. Silent? The American farmers testifying at th...

Rebuilding and Revitalizing America's Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

There is more potential for economic growth in rural American than at any time in decades; we just need to embrace new strategies to help create a thriving rural economy.

Village Green: "I watched the growth - it's become 'Paradise Lost' for me"

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Today’s title comes from Jeff Holm, chair of the Board of Supervisors for Baldwin Township, Minnesota.  Baldwin is a rural community s...

Farmers Fighting for Their Health: Taking on Chemical Companies and Transitioning to Sustainable Agriculture

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

No farmer has succeeded in taking on Big Chem for their illnesses in the U.S. because it is especially difficult to get medical recognition for the disease-occupation correlation.

Message to President Obama: Why Trade Will Not Save Rural America

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

In Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's op-ed this week in the Des Moines Register, he recognized that hunger could not be solved by raising product...

Ethanol Industry, Green Jobs Prove Key to Rural Renewal

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

Heavily concentrated in rural America, ethanol industry jobs offer an economic lifeline for communities otherwise losing businesses, jobs and population

Rural Unemployment Soars During The Recession

Reuters | Nick Carey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

What's going on in Baraga [Michigan] and the rest of the Upper Peninsula [Michigan], or UP, mirrors the slow burn that the recession has made through ...

Advancing Modern Transportation Opportunities and Solutions for Rural Communities

Howard Learner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Learner

Rural transportation has traditionally meant cars and pickups, highways and Greyhound buses. While the intercity buses are fewer and farther between, however, that doesn't change people's needs to get from place to place.

The Privatization of Our Children

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

The question must be floated: can we as a society be engaged in privatizing our children?

Addressing All the Components of Local Food

Steph Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steph Larsen

I used to think there were four distinct pieces to a local food system -- production, processing, distribution, and retail. Now I realize there is a fifth -- community.

Rural Communities Need Health Care Reform More Than Anyone

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

The lie that health care reform would hurt rural communities has been one to which progressives and moderates have been slow to respond, perhaps because there have been so many myths and distortions to keep us busy.

Rural mental-health funding doubtful, even as farm stress worsens

CO. Independent | CO Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As stress in the farming sector rises across Colorado and nationwide, some mental health professionals are hoping the federal government will s...

Obama Fulfilling Commitment to Rural America

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Shriver

Just like Obama is looking for new industries, like green technology, to drive the economic recovery, innovative 21st century solutions can be the force behind revitalized rural education.

What's In It for Jim?

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Jim is like many of us sandwiched in the middle: He earns too much to qualify for subsidized insurance programs, and insurance from his employer is more than Jim's monthly rent.

Generation Superwomen: Sitting On The Sidelines

Makenna Goodman at Chelsea Green | Makenna Goodman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

I Don't Want To Burn My Bra, But AAARGH!This weekend I sat on the sidelines of the men's soccer game. It was a big deal, and many people were there, y...

National Broadband: The Mobile Opportunity

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Spalter

The pieces are coming together for the president to get Congress and the public behind a truly forward-looking national Internet policy.

Don't Forget Rural America

Rep. Mike Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Thompson

Rural communities are hit even harder by the tough economy, especially when it comes to jobs, yet we fail to invest equitably in their economic health.

Will The Real America Please Stand Up?

Ben Fractenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Fractenberg

What really bothers me is the notion of the East Coast as un-American. It's been a couple years since my high school civics class, but wasn't this country founded by a certain 13 colonies?

How Small-Town America Taught Me to Be Open-Minded

Jeannie Ralston | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeannie Ralston

To be part of a small town, or at least my small town, I had to be more broadminded than I had been living in a big city.

Senate Candidate Discusses Energy And The Environment In Rural America

Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kate Sheppard

Jim Slattery, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas, dropped by Netroots Nation this morning to talk about how progressives can make inroads in the heartland.