Category Archives: Rural Trends

The Rural Student Brain Gain

An article from The Daily Yonder about Brain Gain–yep, you read that right. Among the findings, community involvement, along with economic opportunity, is key to the desire to stay. Some really great comments from Extension educators in the Northern Plains as well.  

Is Urban Growth Good for Rural Communities?

Artz, Kim and Orazem published an article in Iowa State University’s CARD Agricultural Policy Review this spring looking at why Iowa’s rural population was holding relatively steady as compared to neighboring Nebraska. The authors reasoned that Iowa maintained a larger rural population because it had more nine metropolitan areas spread across the state while Nebraska had four metro areas clustered in the far eastern part of the state. You’re wondering how many metro areas are in Texas, and the answer is 25, along with 44 micropolitan areas (urban… Read More →