Flyover Folk Episode 9: How the Ruralists Created a Creative Hub in Rural Northwest Iowa

The Ruralists is a band from Sioux Center, Iowa who believes art and beauty can be found hidden in the back of any old garage in small town America. On this episode of Flyover Folk, Luke Hawley and Laremy De Vries of the Ruralists discuss creativity and music in the center of America's farm country.

If You Care About Rural Communities Then You Better Be Watching What Trump is Doing at the USDA

If you care about small towns and rural communities, then you'll want to make sure to pay close attention to recent developments coming out of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

An Open Letter To All Senators and Representatives Who Serve a Rural Constituency

Many communities in rural America are in decline. According to the Center for Rural Affairs, Nearly 7 in 10 rural Americans fear their small town life may be dying, yet 90% say this way of life is worth fighting for. However, instead of expanding federal programs to rebuild rural America, the Trump Administration is demoting and cutting the only program at the United States Department of Agriculture solely focused on supporting small towns and rural communities. 

What Progressives Can Learn From The Changing Demographics In Steve King's District

Iowa Congressman Steve King in many ways has become the face of rural American politics. He often attracts the national spotlight through his racist anti-immigrant rhetoric and rants against a multicultural America. King made national news again recently, this time for saying that “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” But ironically for King, Latino immigrants are the single biggest hope for rebuilding rural America — specifically his rural America. Populations in 31 of the 39 counties King represents have declined between 2010 and 2015.

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The State of Rural America

The results of our 2017 survey are in, and the data provides a clear path forwar

Flyover Folk Episode Six: Inside America's Opioid Epidemic

Americans are living through the worst addiction epidemic in our nation’s history.

A Community Approach to Stopping Deportations: The CDA (Community Deportation Advocate) Model

Fighting deportation doesn't just happen on the streets by blocking deportation buses and ICE raids, it’s oftn a legal fight that lasts months, if not years.While it’s true that ICE can strike at a moment’s notice, most deportations involve individuals who have simply run out of legal resources. In order to win deportation cases, families need support from the very beginning.