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The Rural Blog · 19h ago

How challenges help birds develop street-smarts

The great tit songbird, a menace to milkmen everywhere.(Photo by Joe Tobias)Life is a lot ...
The Rural Blog · 19h ago

Midwest farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump trade policy

President Trump's attempt to revive industry in Rust Belt states with steel and aluminum tariffs are putting him at odds with rural farming voters, a larger bloc that is "essential to Republ...
The Rural Blog · 19h ago

First 2018 wildfire deaths reported as Oklahoma blazes rage

The Rhea Wildfire (Tornado Titans photo by Chris Sanner)The first two apparent deaths of t...
The Rural Blog · 20h ago

Irish Senate honors rural Pulitzer and Gish Award winner after Iowa Senate, upset by his editorials, declines to do so

CullenAfter the Iowa Senate refused to honor a rural Iowa journalist who won last year's Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, another Senate from farther afield stepped in: the one in Irela...
The Rural Blog · 20h ago

Colorado Journalism Week, Denver Post editorial board war with hedge-fund owners, remind us why journalism matters

Today wraps up Colorado Journalism Week, a celebration whose importance is made clear by the recent tension between the Denver Post and its hedge fund owners Alden Global Capital. After Alde...
The Rural Blog · 1d ago

FCC delays keep high-speed internet out of rural schools

"Under the Trump administration, rural schools requesting funding for broadband expansion have faced record delays and denials, according to the non-profit EducationSuperHighway, which wor...
The Rural Blog · 1d ago

China slaps 179 percent tariff on U.S. sorghum imports

Statista graph; click on the image to enlarge it.In the latest salvo in a trade war with t...
The Rural Blog · 1d ago

U.S. is world's largest corn grower but imports organic corn

The U.S. is the world's biggest producer and exporter of corn, but it's a net importer of organic corn. The number of acres planted with organic corn increased by 28 percent between 2015 and...
The Rural Blog · 1d ago

Farm Bill passes out of committee on party-line vote

The House Agriculture Committee approved Republicans' proposed Farm Bill yesterday on a party-line vote of 26-20. "Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, told reporters afterward he hopes the b...
The Rural Blog · 1d ago

Weekly paper gives readers (and potential readers) a look at the pressroom, and delivers a useful message at the end

One way local news outlets can engage more deeply with their communities is to be more transparent about how they do their jobs. A typical method is a "letter from the editor," explaining a ...