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 accepting submissions for the the Fall 2016 issue! Click here for the submission guidelines.

Read the latest issue!
Fall 2015
This issue includes 11 articles from Extension researchers and community development practitioners, and an introduction by the Western Rural Development Center's director, Don Albrecht. The authors discuss the economic recovery of western counties, community-based organizations, preparing Oregon coastal communities for disasters, crowdsourcing climate data, volunteers in New Mexico manage community water systems and strive to address the vacant home problem, sustainability in Guam, and microirrigation for sustainable water use. Read more. 

Past Issues:

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