Rural Studies Program - Oregon State University

Rural Studies Program - Oregon State University The Rural Studies Program at Oregon State University focuses its multi-disciplinary teaching, outreach and research program on critical issues affecting rural people and places.

Operating as usual

"Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect th...
01/07/2021
Timber Tax Cuts Cost Oregon Towns Billions. Then Polluted Water Drove Up the Price.

"Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect their watersheds from logging-related contamination."

Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect their watersheds from logging-related contamination.

"By far the biggest single barrier to college-going among students in rural schools, however, is the price, the survey f...
12/23/2020
Number of rural students planning on going to college plummets

"By far the biggest single barrier to college-going among students in rural schools, however, is the price, the survey found; average household earnings in rural areas are nearly 20 percent lower than incomes elsewhere, the USDA says. That has also gotten worse as a result of the pandemic, which has shuttered businesses and cost jobs in rural communities already suffering from declines in agriculture and industry."

The isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic year is driving a dramatic drop in the proportion of rural students going on to college.

Interesting report from Professor Mark Edwards. According to this just published report, about 25% of Oregonians faced f...
12/10/2020
Food Insecurity Surged In Oregon During Pandemic

Interesting report from Professor Mark Edwards. According to this just published report, about 25% of Oregonians faced food insecurity in 2020, which is double the number of last year.

A recent report from the Oregon State University Policy Analysis Laboratory showed the pandemic has “reversed” some of the state’s efforts to decrease food

"As the COVID-19 pandemic tests the resilience of rural economies in real time, this research series argues that our att...
12/07/2020
Building resilient rural places: Strategies from local leaders to strengthen rural assets, diversity, and dynamism

"As the COVID-19 pandemic tests the resilience of rural economies in real time, this research series argues that our attention should not be focused on an outdated, inaccurate image of rural America, but rather on understanding, sustaining, and investing in the hyperlocal strategies already working to bring growth and equity to increasingly diverse and dynamic rural areas.

Using in-depth, on-the-ground research in three rural communities across the U.S., the following briefs highlight these place-based strategies as well as the policy and capacity-building supports needed to sustain and scale them in the years to come."

The 2016 and 2020 presidential elections ushered in new waves of national attention to rural America—and along with them came a flurry of misconceptions about rural places and the people living in …

11/03/2020
2020 Rural Research Symposium

The Keynote Speaker at the upcoming Freddie Mac Rural Research Symposium is a grad from our program, Emily J. Wornell, who will present Policy and Research Considerations for Understanding Rural Communities​. Registration is now open, and is free!

Emily is a research assistant professor in the Indiana Communities Institute and the Rural Policy Research Institute Center for State Policy at Ball State University. As a rural sociologist and demographer, her areas of specialization are inequality and population change in rural communities. ​
​Her research explores household livelihood strategies; community and economic development; and immigration in rural communities. ​

https://web.cvent.com/event/84ec4ecd-fca3-4c5e-9482-fdc8ed77dcce/summary?rp=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000

A new Oregon State University program is working to improve mental health and address substance use in rural communities...
10/28/2020
New OSU program boosts rural outreach to promote mental health, well-being - KTVZ

A new Oregon State University program is working to improve mental health and address substance use in rural communities by building on existing local partnerships.

The program, Coast to Forest Oregon, recently received a $1.1 million, two-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train both OSU Extension educators and community members throughout the state. They will be provided with tools and information to respond proactively to mental health and substance use concerns in their communities.
https://ktvz.com/health/2020/10/27/new-osu-program-boosts-rural-outreach-to-promote-mental-health-well-being/

A new Oregon State University program is working to improve mental health and address substance use in rural communities by building on existing local partnerships.

This book looks great! We can't wait to get our hands on it!! "In this collection, 15 authors give a voice to rural Amer...
10/19/2020
Rural Voices: 9781536212105 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

This book looks great! We can't wait to get our hands on it!!

"In this collection, 15 authors give a voice to rural America, which is often misunderstood. From upstate New York to the middle of Alaska, these stories span geographic as well as emotional landscapes. Although the obstacles and challenges faced in each tale vary, each voice feels authentic. From Sunny's deeply physical bond to achingly beautiful Taos, NM, to Jesse's struggle to accept himself in the face of his father's disappointment, readers will feel connected with each entry. The variety of formats, such as poetry and graphic stories, along with a variety of voices, helps keep the pages turning and interest high. From laughing out loud to holding back tears, readers who enjoy emotionally resonant books will not be disappointed. Those from similar geographic areas will be nodding their heads while every reader, regardless of location, will connect to the universal triumphs and tribulations of teen life."

Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of stories that turns preconceptions on their head. Gracie sees a chance of fitting in at...

From  Rural Studies faculty member Mindy Crandall!!! For middle and high school students in some forest-dependent rural ...
10/14/2020
Rural youth share aspirations in large-scale surveys in Maine, Oregon

From Rural Studies faculty member Mindy Crandall!!!

For middle and high school students in some forest-dependent rural communities in Maine and Oregon, a lack of money for education is the top barrier to pursuing the career they want, according to a survey of more than 2,000 youth by researchers at the University of Maine and Oregon State University.

ORONO — For middle and high school students in some forest-dependent rural communities in Maine and Oregon, a lack of money for education is the top barrier to pursuing the career they want, according to a survey of more than 2,000 youth by researchers at the University of Maine and Oregon State U...

"Seeing a downturn in business a few weeks ago and sensing it could get worse, Santiam Market & Deli owner Megan Schuste...
05/11/2020
Small businesses in rural cities band together to create their own delivery service

"Seeing a downturn in business a few weeks ago and sensing it could get worse, Santiam Market & Deli owner Megan Schuster rallied a group of small business owners from throughout the city to discuss options to reach their regular customers.

A week later, JeffersonDelivers.com launched with seven small businesses in Jefferson."

Seeing a slowdown in business, Jefferson's restaurants, coffee shops and markets band together to start JeffersonDelivery.com in days.

This fall, John Bliss (Prof. Emeritus in Forestry) and Prof. Kate MacTavish from HHS plan to bring back the field course...
04/27/2020

This fall, John Bliss (Prof. Emeritus in Forestry) and Prof. Kate MacTavish from HHS plan to bring back the field course - FES 511 Communities and Natural Resources. For close to decade, Kate and John previously offered an experiential learning to took a small group of graduate students (and appropriate honors college students) out into rural Oregon for an immersive and interdisciplinary look at the issues facing and possible futures for formerly natural dependent rural communities. The course always included students from a wide range of programs. Without a doubt, this course provided an unparalleled learning experience that profoundly impacts students. The course was pivotal on helping to focus thesis and dissertation topics, build network to support community based research, and open students eyes to connection between rural people and places.

They are planning to bring this 5-credit hour course back as a fall extended session offering (September 14-22). Contact Kate MacTavish with questions.

Came across this interesting podcast: The spread of COVID-19 and the insufficient response to it, has made it much more ...
04/25/2020
Feeding Our Communities – Rural Roots Rising

Came across this interesting podcast: The spread of COVID-19 and the insufficient response to it, has made it much more difficult to access safe and healthy food, especially for those most vulnerable among us. Feeding Our Communities features Harry MacCormack from Sunbow Farm in Benton County, Oregon and Martina LeForce with Berea Kids Eat in Madison County, Kentucky. Both Harry and Martina have worked to fill gaps in access to food whether it be through making free meals for children or supporting organic food producers through a host of
different methods.

The spread of COVID-19 and the insufficient response to it, has made it much more difficult to access safe and healthy food, especially for those most vulnerable among us. Feeding Our Communities features Harry MacCormack from Sunbow Farm in Benton County, Oregon and Martina LeForce with Berea Kids....

In rural Oregon, hospitals are often the biggest employers around.But in the upside-down world of COVID-19, hospitals an...
04/23/2020
Oregon's rural hospitals financially hurting during coronavirus pandemic

In rural Oregon, hospitals are often the biggest employers around.

But in the upside-down world of COVID-19, hospitals and the communities they support are also one of the businesses hit hard financially.

The state ordered an end to all elective surgeries to save protective gear while hospitals prepared for a large number of COVID-19 patients who have not arrived.

"There was already a severe shortage of doctors and nurses in rural America before the COVID-19 crisis — and the growing...
03/26/2020
Traveling Nurses, Doctors Fill Gaps In Rural Coverage Ahead Of COVID-19

"There was already a severe shortage of doctors and nurses in rural America before the COVID-19 crisis — and the growing sector of traveling nurses and doctors might be part of the solution."

There was already a shortage of medical personnel in rural America before the coronavirus. Medical staffing firms are now trying to send health workers to underserved small towns.

"Many of these efforts are taking place in response to the slow, quiet erosion of jobs, drinkable water, and quality of ...
03/03/2020
Inside the Rural Resistance to CAFOs | Civil Eats

"Many of these efforts are taking place in response to the slow, quiet erosion of jobs, drinkable water, and quality of life in many rural areas."

Around the country, people are banding together across the aisle to push for moratoriums on industrial animal agriculture.

Please consider taking AEC 421/521 - The Economics of Rural Poverty and the U.S. Social Safety Net! Offered by Oregon St...
03/02/2020

Please consider taking AEC 421/521 - The Economics of Rural Poverty and the U.S. Social Safety Net! Offered by Oregon State University in Spring 2020!!

This 4-hour Ecampus class examines the geography of poverty in the United States and the "social safety net" that the U.S. has constructed to reduce poverty and its negative effects. You will learn to understand the geographical consequences of federal policies and the challenges of providing social safety net programs in rural areas.⁠

Students have thoroughly enjoyed this class, on a frankly understudied topic, in the past and you will too.⁠

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“Encouragingly, rural Oregon has very few places in permanent demographic or economic declines relative to patterns seen...
01/08/2020
Housing costs worsened in Oregon in last decade

“Encouragingly, rural Oregon has very few places in permanent demographic or economic declines relative to patterns seen throughout the country,” he wrote. “However, even with decent to solid growth in rural Oregon overall, the state’s urban-rural divide increased in the past decade.”

Despite Oregon’s widespread housing shortage, the amount of housing built in the state during the last decade reached a record low. That was one of the unexpected conclusions state economist Josh Lehner included in a blog post on the last day of 2019. “On a population growth-adjusted bas...

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said he’s helped negotiate another extension of federal aid for timber-dependent counties.The lawmak...
12/17/2019
New federal spending plan includes timber money for Oregon counties, Wyden says

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said he’s helped negotiate another extension of federal aid for timber-dependent counties.
The lawmaker told a Portland business conference Monday that the overall 2020 federal spending package lawmakers are expected to approve this week includes provisions extending millions of dollars in aid provided through a 2000 law designed to help rural counties battered by declining logging on federal lands.

https://www.eastoregonian.com/news/state/new-federal-spending-plan-includes-timber-money-for-oregon-counties/article_e6f10f18-2107-11ea-a5d6-3f17009fbf0d.html

PORTLAND — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said he’s helped negotiate another extension of federal aid for timber-dependent counties.

" Colleges and universities prefer to recruit at high schools in communities where the average family income is above $1...
03/12/2019
A big reason rural students never go to college: Colleges don’t recruit them

" Colleges and universities prefer to recruit at high schools in communities where the average family income is above $100,000, while forgoing visits to those where it’s $70,000 or lower, according to a study of 140 institutions conducted by researchers at UCLA and the University of Arizona. They also concentrate disproportionately on private schools. Rural areas usually have neither wealthy families nor private schools."

Urban and suburban students may take college recruiting visits for granted, but recruiters rarely go to rural high schools.

"Partners for Rural Innovation has collaborated on restarting the Recipe-to-Market program. With assistance from a Busin...
01/30/2019
Recipe-to-Market workshops coming to Tillamook

"Partners for Rural Innovation has collaborated on restarting the Recipe-to-Market program. With assistance from a Business Oregon Rural Opportunity Initiative grant, workshops on Farm-Direct essentials, food safety and production, business development and marketing will be held in Tillamook County at a substantially reduced cost."

Got an idea for a food product? Sign up for the upcoming Recipe-to-Market workshops brought to the county by the Food Innovation Center.

RARE is a unique AmeriCorps Program serving Oregon's rural communities through economic and community development and na...
01/17/2019
Apply Now | Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

RARE is a unique AmeriCorps Program serving Oregon's rural communities through economic and community development and natural resource planning. The mission of the RARE AmeriCorps Program is to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained college graduate-level members. Members live in and serve rural communities for 11 months. The RARE AmeriCorps Program is now in the 25th year of service and has placed more than 500 individuals and served every Oregon county. Apply now for 2019-2020!

https://rare.uoregon.edu/application-process/member-application-process/apply-now-member/?utm_source=RARE+Participant+Recruitment-Draft-Year+26&utm_campaign=Year+26+Call+for+Member+Apps&utm_medium=email

2019-2020 RARE AmeriCorps Member Applications are now open! Member Applications are due by 5:00pm, April 16, 2019. 2019-2020 Member Application Proces...

"Building stronger rural communities requires creating new housing initiatives, not just preserving the housing stock th...
12/19/2018
Bipartisan Support for Rural Housing Keeps Programs Alive - Daily Yonder

"Building stronger rural communities requires creating new housing initiatives, not just preserving the housing stock that is already in place, says the head of a national rural housing nonprofit."
https://www.dailyyonder.com/bipartisan-support-rural-housing-keeps-programs-alive/2018/12/19/29507/

Congress has ignored requests from the Trump administration to zero out rural housing programs. But merely protecting current funding will not address rural housing needs adequately, advocates say.

Rural school leaders have some of the most complex, multifaceted jobs in education. They also have some of the highest t...
12/11/2018
Rural principals have complex jobs — and high turnover

Rural school leaders have some of the most complex, multifaceted jobs in education. They also have some of the highest turnover. Half of all new principals quit their jobs within three years, according to a 2014 study. A national survey released in July found that principals in rural school districts are even less likely than their urban and suburban counterparts to stay at their school the following year and more likely to leave the profession altogether. The schools they preside over, meanwhile, often struggle with persistent poverty, low college-going rates and extreme racial disparities in student outcomes.

https://hechingerreport.org/the-big-jobs-of-small-town-principals/?utm_source=The+Hechinger+Report&utm_campaign=441ba9df4b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_11_04_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d3ee4c3e04-441ba9df4b-322631981

Rural principals have some of the most multifaceted jobs in education — and some of the highest attrition.

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