House Ag Committee Passes Farm Bill Draft Protecting Key Republican Priorities

After hours of contentious debate over nutrition, conservation, the definition of “cuts” and the meaning of “bipartisanship,” the Republican-led committee passed a bill that crossed several of Democrats’ “red lines”

Federal Courts Sentence Native Americans to Longer Prison Terms

How federal authority over tribes fails to provide equal justice under the law

How Oklahoma State University Plans to Boost Rural Journalism

Local news faces major challenges. Small town journalism internships offer a promising solution.
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Opinion

Will the EPA’s New PFAS Rules Protect Our Water, Farms and Health?

Polluters should be held responsible for the billions per year in estimated cleanup costs.

Here Is What the New Hardiness Zone Map Means for Your Garden

Changes in the new USDA map provides evidence of a warming planet

Food & Agriculture

Partisan Clash or ‘Grand Bargain’? Dueling Proposals Set the Stage for the Farm Bill’s Uncertain Future

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress appeal for support for their vision of the farm bill, yet a deep impasse looms ahead of an expected May 23 markup in the House

Farmers Tell FTC Chair to Block Koch Industries’ $3.6 Billion Acquisition of Iowa Fertilizer Plant

“We’re looking for intervention,” say farmers as ag industry consolidation fuels calls for antitrust action

Farmers Face a Precarious Future. Is the Farm Bureau on Their Side?

At the Farm Bureau’s “New Frontiers” conference, tensions flare over the future of farming
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Politics & Policy

Organizing Rural and Small Town America for Affordable Housing and Racial Justice

Affordable housing is among the top issues for rural Americans. For this organizer, it’s also the starting point for building strong communities.

Electrifying Democracy in Rural America

For this energy policy expert, rural electric co-ops empower communities and strengthen democracy.

Conservation Programs Are Popular with Farmers. Why Does the G.O.P. Want to Defund Them?

Republicans are targeting Inflation Reduction Act climate funding that mostly benefits red state farmers
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Native Life

A man stands on reservation land in Battle Mountain, Nevada.

Looting Tribal Land

Individuals and corporations trespass on Native property and plunder resources, with little accountability

Tribes Call on NASA to Halt Desecration of the Moon

Indigenous leaders accuse NASA of using a loophole to bypass promises made to Native nations

The Bad River Chippewa Take on an Oil Giant: Review of ‘Bad River: A Story of Defiance’

A new film chronicles how the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are united in their opposition to Enbridge pipelines
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Science & Environment

Clara Riley stands with her family members around their dining room table.

A Coal Mine Has Upended Life in a Rural Alabama Town. Now A Fatal Home Explosion Has Residents Demanding Accountability

A mining company representative fled from a family’s home when a reporter arrived. Residents worry the company will also evade state regulation, as safety expert warns other explosions could happen.
Lee Hedgepeth & James Bruggers, Inside Climate News

New York’s Green Amendment Faces Critical Test in New Lawsuit

Seneca Meadows, the state’s largest landfill, is running out of space and wants to expand. Community members say it violates their rights under the Green Amendment.

Saving the Southeast’s Salt Marshes

Imperilled by rising seas and over-development, tidal wetlands in the region, crucial to it’s ecological, cultural and economic life, are gaining new protections through an array of ambitious local initiatives backed by federal dollars
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History

The 19th Century Haunting that Made This Small Tennessee Town Famous

Historian sheds new light on the dark tale of the Bell Witch

Jim Hightower Confronts the 1980s Farm Crisis

"It's the same old story—Reagan helps the rich, and Lord help the rest of us."

The Great Spirit (Why I am a Pagan)

Zitkála-Šá, born on the Yankton Indian Reservation in 1876, embraces the religion of her ancestors
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Culture

High-Speed Thrills and Warm Weather Blues at the ‘Snowmobile Capital of the World’

As snowmobile racers compete for the title of world champion in Eagle River, Wisconsin, warm weather signals an uncertain future for the sport and its community

The Shrinking Mississippi Delta County Where Getting a Degree Means Leaving Home Behind

In Issaquena County, Mississippi, the entangled history of race, segregation and education raise hard questions about the county’s future
Molly Minta, Mississippi Today; photography by Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi Today

A Wandering Spirit, A Driftless Heart

Remembering the life and novels of David Rhodes one year after his death
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Religion

In Short Measures Life May Perfect Be

In an age overrun by our relentless desire for more—whether more wealth or more productivity from limited soil—Wendell Berry’s writings offer a way to find wholeness in life’s finitude
David Barr, Sightings
Pigs on a truck on their way to a slaughterhouse

God and Hogs

The vertical integration of faith and death at Tyson Foods
a red rural church in the background with fields of crops in the foreground

The Politics of Loving Your Neighbor in Rural America

Reflections of a Lutheran pastor in Dunn County, Wisconsin
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