Local journalism in the U.S. remains at a crisis point: newsrooms that existed for decades have vanished or are at risk of disappearing. At the same time, there are urgent external crises that make the need for communities to receive information all the more critical – namely climate change.

The Rural Newswire exists in order to help provide resources to newsrooms that serve rural communities. For editors and publishers looking for editorial support, all of our stories are free to redistribute, republish, and share.

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45 Degrees North: Garden Fever

This time of year, garden fever spreads through rural communities like a stomach bug through an elementary school. But will anyone care about the USDA's updated plant hardiness zone maps when making planting decisions?


Iowa Researcher Proposes Subsidies to Bring Cardiac Care to Rural Areas

Instead of relocating cardiology specialists to rural areas, research suggests that a well calculated subsidy for travel could sustain right levels of care despite dropping numbers of cardiologists around the country.


As the Klamath River dries, tribal nations and farmers come to rare agreement

“What’s at stake is our very livelihood, our culture, our identities, our way of life."


45 Degrees North: Syncing With The Seasons

Learning to sync with the seasons can be challenging for newcomers to rural life


Q&A: Why Do Small-Scale Farmers Persist in Place?

A conversation with author Brooks Lamb about his book "Love for the Land."


Greener snowmaking is helping ski resorts weather climate change

As a warming world creates an existential threat for the ski industry, resorts are reducing how much energy they need to make it snow.


USDA Funded Program Works With Wool, Cotton Producers on Climate Smart Practices

Producers will be provided with technical assistance and direct payments related to drought resilience, improved soil health, and increased profitability.


Commentary: Rural America’s Young Conservatives Support Clean Energy

Leaders aren’t listening to young, rural voters who are calling for more investment in renewable energy, according to a poll released by the American Conservation Coalition.


How the US government began its decade-long campaign against the anti-pipeline movement

Newly released documents show the FBI monitoring anti-Keystone protesters much earlier than previously known. Young Native activists were among its first targets.


Project Tests Drones for Rural Health Care

The technology could help with the delivery of critical drugs and other resources to remote communities for less than traditional transportation. Medical professionals involved see great potential.

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