To read the full report, click the links above. A summary of key findings from this report include:

  • Rural counties have had the highest rates of premature death for many years, lagging far behind other counties. While urban counties continue to show improvement, premature death rates are worsening in rural counties.
  • Looking solely at state averages for the factors that influence health masks the significant gaps in health that exist... read more

The past few months have been as much about looking ahead as they have been about coping with life in post-election America, a space that feels post-apocalyptic for many. Americans and people across the globe have been processing their emotions, trying to understand a vote that came as a surprise to many, and in some cases pausing to reflect on rural realities seemingly ignored by... read more


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the RECLAIM Act last week. This legislation will provide funds to states and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and... read more

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This report by the USDA's Economic Research Service outlines the state of rural communities in the United States. In 2015, unemployment continued to decline in rural areas, falling close to levels last seen before the Great Recession, as employment continued to grow. After declining for several years, rural population stabilized. Median annual earnings rose in rural areas and poverty fell markedly in 2015, as in urban areas; the rise in earnings occurred across most major industry sectors.... read more

Building on previous citizen-driven rural climate dialogues in Morris, Grand Rapids and Winona, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Jefferson Center convened a state meeting of rural Minnesota citizens, state agency representatives and non-profit organizations on September 8-9, 2016 in St. Paul. Rural citizens were selected from participants in the three dialogues and community leaders. Participating agencies and organizations included: MN... read more

The Rural Climate Dialogue State Convening included presentations from:

  • Anna Claussen - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Will Seuffert - Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
  • Paul Moss - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Mark Seeley - University of Minnesota Extension
  • Brenda Hoppe - Minnesota Department of Health
  • Kelly Asche - Center for Small Towns
  • Michelle Gransee - Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Lissa... read more

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A ruling in the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation will come by Sept. 9.

The tribe is challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant permits for Dallas-based Energy... read more

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This report documents Coming Clean’s collaborative, community-based research project to monitor toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in gas fields in rural Pavillion, Wyoming and to see what same VOCs are present in the bodies of people who work and live there.

We focused our research on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a specific family of VOCs named BTEX... read more

The Democratic Party needs rural votes to secure a decisive victory in the race for the presidency, and to win back the Senate and make real progress in the fight for the House of Representatives. That’s a powerful lesson from recent election cycles. When President Obama won a decisive victory eight years ago, Democrats made major inroads in rural America:... read more

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $8.4 million in available funding to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is available through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

"Each year, climate change poses uncertain... read more

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