The US Department of Agriculture defined Rural America to include more than 46 million people who live in 1,976 counties spread across all 50 states in 2015. At My Rural America, we think about farms, small towns, crops and manufacturing, the customs, the economy — all that connects to rural families. 

We know that everything is complicated by distance.  For purposes of this website, we offer a “go-to” resource for vetted news that affects the families who live in rural America.  Our RESOURCES page shares tools you can use to test the news you find here and on other sites, including web, newspapers, radio, and television. 

See earlier 2020 News Coverage for “the big picture” affecting Rural America to see the patterns.

Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry

“According to the USDA, more than 11 million children in the United States live in ‘food insecure’ homes. That phrase may sound mild, but it means that those households don’t have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life.

And that number dates from before the coronavirus pandemic. Today, projections show that 18 million children could face hunger this year….”

Read more: https://www.nokidhungry.org

Photo: Brendan Smialowski, Agence France Presse/Getty

New York Times, Tejal Rao, 5/22/2020

“…At one point, he [President Trump] asked the check Thomas Keller about his favorite butter. …

“…’Mr. Keller [had[ brought that butter, made in a small creamery with just a few cos, to try to illustrate the symbiotic relationship between restaurants and farms…. it made a crucial point: Restaurants are inextricably connected to fisheries, farms, florists and hundreds of other kinds of small businesses across the country….

“‘Beautiful story,” he [Trump” said, ‘with a woman with the eight cows.’.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/dining/white-house-trump-restaurant-panel-meeting.html

Greenwire – Agriculture, Marc Heller, 5/21/2020

The Department of Agriculture’s latest aid package for farmers who have suffered losses among COVID-19 pandemic shortchanges small farms critical to the nation’s food supply…
“We are deeply concerned that the CFAP program will not help farmers who rely upon direct sales to farmers,” said Ben Feldman,… Farmers Market Coalition….”

Read more: https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1063196261/

Atlantic News-Journal, Krystol Dixon, 5/20/2020

“A Georgia Grown To-Go pop-up market [is taking place] on Saturday, May 23, in Marietta on Saturday. Customers can drive through the market, place their orders, and have boxes of produce places in their trunks….

“…The idea for a pop-up market comes a phone call made by Mayor Steve ‘Thunder’ Tumlin to [Commissioner of Agriculture Gary] Black…”

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/local/farmers-markets-with-twist-popping-help-georgia-growers/SUVRaVncDsLJ7eaXhxTxAM/

The Hill, Rep. Collin Peterson – Opinion Contributor, 5/20/202

“…It’s easy to forget the times before coronavirus, but it’s worth pointing out that American farmers and ranchers faced some of their most uncertain and challenging times in a generation even before COVID- 19 hit….

“That uncertainty also faces our farm workers and food processing workers as they continue to pick, process, and package the food products we enjoy at every meal. Americans demand a steady supply of meat, dairy, and fruits and vegetables, and these workers take pride in their role working toward that goal….”

Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/498677-from-farmers-to-grocery-store-clerks-thank-you-to-all-of-our

Reuters – Business News

“…Trump made the comments at a White House event held to discuss how the $19 billion in coronavirus relief approved by Congress to help farmers will be distributed….”

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-cattle/trump-says-u-s-should-consider-ending-trade-deals-under-which-it-imports-cattle-idUSKBN22V2E0

Washington Post, Michael Gerson, 5/19/2020

“One of the hard lessons of the COVID-19 crisis has been that nations tend to learn pandemic preparedness through hard lessons….

“…U.N. Security Council, World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley recently described ‘the worse humanitarian crisis since World War II….’

“…President Trump will have an extraordinary opportunity to reduce suffering and silence his critics…” Read more about hunger, East Asia, Africa and political opportunity.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-developing-in-the-shadow-of-famine-the-combination-would-be-deadly/2020/05/18/9f250d5a-9935-11ea-89fd-28fb313d1886_story.html