Friday, November 15, 2019

Quick hits: why farmers support Trump; Don Blankenship running for president; Calif. college offers wildfire classes

Here's a roundup of stories with rural resonance; if you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email

California college offers class to teach rural homeowners how to prepare for and cope with wildfires.

An online class is offered for rural librarians:

Former West Virginia coal baron Don Blankenship announced he's running for president as a Constitution Party candidate. He placed a distant third in the Republican U.S. Senate primary in 2018 after a campaign in which he portrayed himself as "Trumpier than Trump." Read more here.

Rural America needs more than better broadband access to address its problems, Rick Dalton writes for the High Plains Journal.

"Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said Catholic clergy and lay leaders can play a role in bringing together people along the rural-urban divide to build understanding of the need for sensible policies that can end the scourge of gun violence," Dennis Sadowski reports for Catholic News Service.

There are three reasons Midwest farmers hurt by the U.S.-China trade war still support President Trump, write a trio of Iowa State University agriculture professors. Read more here.

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