Strips of native prairie grasses planted on Larry and Margaret Stone’s Iowa farm protect soil, water and wildlife.
Iowa State University/Omar de Kok-Mercado
Investing in farming methods that improve lands and water, and in rural infrastructure and markets, could bring new prosperity to agricultural communities.
Sunset over an Iowa farm.
Since the Great Recession, most of the nation's rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people.
Three-year-old Ailianie Hernandez waits with her mother, Julianna Ageljo, to apply for Puerto Rico’s nutritional assistance program.
(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti
Trump has repeatedly misconstrued the territory as not being part of the United States. But it is.
A fan of fuel blends that contain as much as 85 percent ethanol.
AP Photo/Jim Mone
Vehicles made before 2001 could suffer fuel system or engine damage if they're run on E15.
Feeling forgotten: Iowa’s rural communities.
In Iowa, almost 40 percent of residents can't afford the basic cost of living. That was the setting for the 2018 midterm elections, where rural voters are suffering along with their communities.
A farm in LaSalle County, Illinois.
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Conservative skeptics of climate change may support projects focused on 'resilience' – for example, preparing a community for future major weather events.
Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry checks out a wind turbine.
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There are some good explanations for the mismatch between regional support for climate action and the areas where renewable energy is making the biggest inroads.
A barn that can hold up to 4,800 hogs outside Berwick, Pa. The state says the farm is in compliance with regulations, but residents have gone to court seeking relief from odors.
AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam
Many people who live near large-scale livestock farms complain about noxious smells, air and water pollution and health risks. With little help from regulators, they are turning to lawsuits.
Students at an Atlanta elementary school prep for upcoming state standardized tests.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Standardized test scores drive many of our decisions about students, teachers and school districts. But research shows that the results are highly predictable, in a bad way.
The share of fireworks being used for professional displays like this one at the Capitol last year is falling.
Every American shoots off almost a pound of fireworks a year, on average, and their growing personal use is causing injuries to climb.
Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with supporters in front of a US Secret Service agent.
Our global newsroom responds to the first results in the US presidential election. We hear from scholars in the UK, US, Australia and France.
Religious right winger Ted Cruz has won the Republican Iowa Caucuses with 27.7% of the votes, to 24.3% for Donald Trump and 23.1% for the establishment favourite Marco Rubio. Ben Carson was a distant fourth…
Bernie Sanders at his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
Iowa has voted. Here's how things look heading into New Hampshire.
The unfolding information about the Zika virus and saddening images of babies infected with microcephaly should really scare us all. The disease has spread “explosively” throughout the Americas, with 32…
Donald Trump will likely do well in Iowa, but that doesn’t guarantee his success in gaining the Republican presidential nomination.
Media agencies are fascinated with polls because until there is an election, they have to report something.
In Iowa, every candidate loves corn.
Get up to speed on the first-in-the nation voting which takes place on February 1.
Nothing but corn as far as the eye can see
Timothy M. Hagle
Every four years Iowa begins the presidential nomination process with the Iowa Caucuses. The start of caucus season is also the start of complaints by those who object to Iowa going first in the nomination…