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The Rural Blog · 2d ago

Opioid epidemic has reduced the size of the workforce

The opioid epidemic is paralyzing the workforce. Even with 6 million open jobs across the country, rampant drug abuse has "incapacitated thousands of working-age people whom employers would...
The Rural Blog · 2d ago

Quick hits: appraiser shortage hurts rural market; N.M. is a black-lung hot spot; checklist to keep kids safer on the farm

Here's a roundup of stories with rural resonance; if you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email us at heather.chapman@uky.edu.The latest episode of Banking Jou...
The Rural Blog · 2d ago

President, NRA start debate with idea to arm teachers

In the wake of recent school shootings, the idea of allowing teachers to carry firearms has gained steam, thanks largely to President Trump, whose Feb. 22 remarks "closely mimicked a speech"...
The Rural Blog · 2d ago

Trump calls meeting to get agreement on biofuel policy

"President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing press...
The Rural Blog · 2d ago

USDA launches website with resources to help rural communities address opioid crisis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a website with resources to help rural communities fight the opioid epidemic. The website is one result of the recommendations presented to Pr...
The Rural Blog · 3d ago

SNAP benefits don't cover food expenses for the poorest in most counties; how does your county stack up?

Urban Institute map; click on the image to enlarge, or see the interactive map here.An Urb...
The Rural Blog · 3d ago

Start planning for Sunshine Week, March 11-17

This year marks the 13th anniversary of Sunshine Week, a celebration of access to public i...
The Rural Blog · 3d ago

New model shows impact of climate change on rangelands

U.S. rangelands; click the image to enlarge it. (Wikipedia map)"Rangelands are the dominan...
The Rural Blog · 3d ago

Southern Poverty Law Center updates its Hate Map

SPLC map; click on the image to enlarge it, or click here to view the interactive version....
The Rural Blog · 3d ago

Trump's proposed budget cuts environmental programs, including tax-funded program for abandoned mines

President Trump's proposed 2019 budget calls for eliminating 14 environmental programs that focus on conservation, climate change and sustainable practices, some of which would impact rural ...