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.

"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.

"'Boomed' is a relative term when it comes to a rural weekly. Paid subscriptions are at about 2,000. But during a recent...
11/28/2018
Digging Deep Into Local News, A Rural Oregon Newspaper Is Thriving

"'Boomed' is a relative term when it comes to a rural weekly. Paid subscriptions are at about 2,000. But during a recent week, more than a third of Malheur County’s roughly 30,000 residents read the paper’s online edition. And advertising dollars, the lifeblood of a small newspaper, are way up."
https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-digging-deep-into-local-news-a-small-newspaper-in-rural-oregon-is-thriving/

In far Eastern Oregon, a small weekly newspaper is bucking an industry trend. The Malheur Enterprise was languishing, but recently it's won several national awards and circulation is surging.

Most rural Counties in Oregon are losing jobs according to this analysis.
10/24/2018
Job Growth Falters in Rural Counties - Daily Yonder

Most rural Counties in Oregon are losing jobs according to this analysis.

From August 2017-2018, the number of jobs in nonmetropolitan counties grew by less than 0.2 percent, compared to a growth rate of 1.1 percent nationwide. Rural counties that are located farthest from cities lost jobs over the year.

The Rural Studies Program offers our condolences for the loss of Megan Smith. Megan was a past affiliate of the Rural St...
10/23/2018
Remembering Megan Smith—A Rare Leader in Rural Development and Community Building

The Rural Studies Program offers our condolences for the loss of Megan Smith. Megan was a past affiliate of the Rural Studies Program, and she we will be remembered for all of the wonderful things she did for rural Oregon communities.

https://pppm.uoregon.edu/remembering-megan-smith-rare-leader-rural-development-and-community-building

The College of Design community is mourning the loss of Megan Smith, program director for Resource Assistance for Rural Environments and co-director of the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement.

"All the county libraries closed in this wooded corner of Oregon when the money ran out. But believers in the power of b...
10/17/2018
Anti-Tax Fervor Closed Their Libraries. Now Residents Are Trying to Go It Alone.

"All the county libraries closed in this wooded corner of Oregon when the money ran out. But believers in the power of books rejected that fate, and in town after town they jumped back into the book-lending business on their own. Or tried to."

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/17/us/oregon-library-taxes.html

After their libraries closed, some people were willing to approve what they had rejected before: a tax increase. “It’s every library for themselves,” one volunteer says.

Emily Jane Davis, an extension specialist and assistant professor with Oregon State University, conducted an analysis on...
09/19/2018
For Rural Communities, Wildfire Brings Economic Help, Hardships

Emily Jane Davis, an extension specialist and assistant professor with Oregon State University, conducted an analysis on the economic effects of wildfires on Trinity County, California, an area very much like the Methow Valley.

Wildfire represents both risk and reward for some small communities in Washington. Walking the line between a

"More than $13 million is going to Oregon to help connect more than 10,000 homes and small businesses."
09/05/2018
Oregon gets $13.7 million from FCC to expand rural broadband

"More than $13 million is going to Oregon to help connect more than 10,000 homes and small businesses."

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Wednesday applauded an announcement from the Federal Communications Commission that Oregon will receive $13.7 million to support rural broadband expansion.

Bruce Weber, former Director of the Rural Studies Program, and Ann Tickamyer, of Pennsylvania State University, are cond...
08/31/2018
Rural Poverty Fifty Years After The People Left Behind – INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON POVERTY – UW–Madison

Bruce Weber, former Director of the Rural Studies Program, and Ann Tickamyer, of Pennsylvania State University, are conducting a webinar that will review the nation’s progress in reducing rural poverty in the United States, summarizing what has been learned about changes in the economics, demography and geography of rural poverty and about the impact of the social safety net over the last 50 years. Registration is open and free for all.
https://www.irp.wisc.edu/resource/rural-poverty-fifty-years-after-the-people-left-behind/

Rural Poverty Fifty Years After The People Left Behind Bruce Weber and Ann TickamyerSeptember 12 2018W43-2018When President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty issued its report The People Left Behind in 1967, the rural poverty rate in America was 25 percent, twice the urban po...

Wright was hired through the Business Oregon Rural Opportunities Initiative to work specifically with the communities of...
08/01/2018
Area small towns banking on Oregon RAIN program

Wright was hired through the Business Oregon Rural Opportunities Initiative to work specifically with the communities of Adair Village, Brownsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Monroe, Philomath and Sweet Home.

After only six weeks on the job, new Oregon RAIN venture catalyst Corey Wright has already identified 16 potential entrepreneurs that want to do business in one of eight small

Interesting views from Eastern Oregon. To quote - "With little infrastructure, few resources and no connection to the wo...
07/16/2018
Our view | What to do with shrinking frontier Oregon?

Interesting views from Eastern Oregon. To quote - "With little infrastructure, few resources and no connection to the worldwide economy, places like Wheeler County will continue to shrivel, become more lawless, become more wild, become poorer."

There is a problem with funding public safety in rural Oregon, and nowhere is that more clear than in Wheeler County.Chris Humphreys, who has been sheriff there since 2013, declared his intention to leave the office — and that change in management caused each of his deputies to find work else

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