Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries; a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan; and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.
Pesticides are featured in Idaho’s “David vs. Goliath” conflict; Congress needs to act if affordable internet programs are to continue in rural America; and conservatives say candidates should support renewable energy to win over young voters.
Agriculture built towns on America’s high plains, but now might run them dry; a Texas drone experiment aims to improve healthcare in rural areas; and U.S. growers of wool and cotton get federal money to improve climate-smart land practices.
A Montana dude ranch lassos economic prosperity with big-sky adventures; a child tax credit expansion could save rural families money and reduce their stress; and farmers who grow food on land they don’t own benefit from leasing advice.
Food stamp eligibility requirements leave older West Virginians in a bind; a broadband improvement program aims to help rural Illinois communities access billions; and Iowa’s expanding bald eagle population is watched over by eager volunteers.
Rural Texas teachers unravel a secret to improving student reading scores; a New York nonprofit champions manufactured housing to help solve the state’s housing crisis; and Reba McEntire lends her fame to an Oklahoma town’s revitalization.
An interesting twist could see a solar energy project replace a former Kentucky strip mine; a rural Colorado community won a battle to keep its abortion center; and in that state’s skiing region, a new art show is highlighting rural queer voices.
A retail phenomenon in Texas is helping rural families thrive; Montana’s tribal members get legal help from fellow community members; and rural healthcare needs new workers, but legislation to help has stalled.
Rural vibrancy struggles when local newspapers close; smoke from seasonal wildfires is affecting the mental health of rural residents; and gym classes in Southwest Virginia are helping those in drug treatment court turn their lives around.
Rural America’s jobs numbers are rebounding, but still below pre-pandemic days; a rural Oregon community has a new approach to affordable housing; the smallest communities benefit from the world’s largest museum; and the dark nights give way to light.