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.

We are now accepting abstracts for the Spring 2017 issue!

Abstracts are due November 7, 2016.

Click here for the Call for Abstracts.

Read the latest issue!

This latest issue includes eight articles written by western land-grant university faculty and agency researchers. The authors discuss a myriad of topics ranging from tribal food security, preparing youth for today's economy, participatory watershed assessment, linking farmers with chefs, western county economies, illicit drug abuse in the rural areas, aging in your home, and irrigation technology. It also includes an introduction by the WRDC Director Don Albrecht. Read or download this latest issue today.

Past Issues:

Rural Connections - Fall 2015

Extension in the West: Team Building - June 2015

Extension's Role in Sustainability - May 2014

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