Rural Connections

Rural Connections, the magazine of the Western Rural Development Center, is published to inform the nation on timely research and activities by the West’s land-grant institutions and regional/national agencies as it relates to rural development issues in the region. Contributors include researchers, faculty, Extension researchers, specialists and agents, practitioners, and professionals from throughout the West with occasional contributions from outside the region.  

New for 2015!
We are pleased to announce a few changes to Rural Connections for 2015. Future issues of Rural Connections will cover a broad range of topics rather than focusing on a main theme. Possible topics for articles will include community development, water issues, energy, economic development in rural areas, and more! Click here for information about our Call for Articles.

Rural Connections will continue to be published two times each year, with issues released in April and October. The Western Rural Development Center looks forward to their continued work with researchers and Extension Specialists to inform the nation on research and activities regarding rural development issues.

April 2015 - We are now soliciting articles for the October 2015 issue! Click here for details


Read the latest issue
Extension's Role in Sustainability
May 2014
In this issue of Rural Connections, Extension Agents, Professors, and Specialists examine the 100-year history of Cooperative Extension and its unique position to effect nationwide change as it pertains to sustainability outreach and education.

Read this issue.


Past Issues:

Immigration - November 2013

Our Energy Future - June 2013

Drought and Wildfire in the West - Jan. 2013

Local and Regional Food Systems Boost Rural Economies - May 2012

The Rural West: Daring to Innovate Job Creation (PDF) - Sept. 2011

Climate Change Adaptations in the Rural West (PDF) - June 2011

Healthy Communities (PDF) - Sept. 2010

Water in the Western U.S. (PDF) - May 2010

Food Security in the Western U.S. (PDF) - Nov. 2009

Creating Sustainable Communities in a Changing America (PDF) - April 2009

Western Researchers Explore Possibilities for Renewable Energy (PDF) - Nov. 2008