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Since the Great Recession, most of the nation’s rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people. The story is markedly different in the nation’s largest urban communities.

I’m writing from Iowa, where every four years presidential hopefuls swoop in to test how voters might respond to their various ideas for fixing the country’s problems.

But what to do about rural economic and persistent population decline is the one area that has always confounded them all.

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By Elaine S. Povich /

Forty-three states have their own food date label requirements, but they vary widely.

This story was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Rummaging through your refrigerator, you come across a jar of mayonnaise labeled “BEST IF USED BY 06/10/19.” If it’s mid-July, are you risking illness by slathering it on your sandwich and eating it?… Read the rest


Stateline Article March 27, 2019

By: Sophie Quinton /

Driving around his potato and barley farm in his silver Ford F-150 crammed with yellowing notebooks, Thad Elliott looks out on fields that have been in his family for over a century.

He didn’t want to be a farmer as a kid growing up here in the San Luis Valley, but after decades of planting and harvesting — first as his father’s partner, and then as the farm’s owner — he’s learned to appreciate the family business.… Read the rest


Are you sustainable, traceable, and transparent?

by Jonathan H. Harsch,

Food industry stakeholders, from farmers, feedlots, and major food companies, to supermarkets and the corner grocery, are re-engineering the supply chain in response to increasingly insistent and ever-changing consumer demand and new technologies.

In one example of major food and ag companies going where the growth is, meat-industry leaders Cargill and Tyson Foods have already shifted operations and new investments toward plant-based meat substitutes and cell-cultured products, produced in labs rather than in feedlots.… Read the rest