rural http://iowapublicradio.org en It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/it-s-electric-rural-electrification-iowa <p>When a storm knocks out power for a few hours, it's an inconvenience; if the outage lasts much longer it becomes a crisis.&nbsp; However, not so long ago electricity was far from ubiquitous in Iowa.</p><p>Iowan Kieth Wirt was 10 years old when electricity came to his family’s farm in Panora. Like most households, the first appliance the Wirts purchased was a refrigerator, and soon after indoor plumbing.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:37:05 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38166 at http://iowapublicradio.org It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa Propane Prices Hit Rural Towns Hardest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/propane-prices-hit-rural-towns-hardest <p>Low propane supplies in the Midwest have driven up the cost of the fuel used by many rural families to heat their homes and businesses—to the point where Senator Chuck Grassley has requested an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.</p><p>Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren traveled to an area in Central Iowa that depends on propane, and came back with this story.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 35595 at http://iowapublicradio.org Propane Prices Hit Rural Towns Hardest Health Care Outreach Workers Stretched Thin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-care-outreach-workers-stretched-thin <p></p><p>Even if the rollout of the federal health law had gone off without a technical hitch, getting millions of Americans to sign up for insurance would still be a tall order. That’s why the law includes funding for workers trained to help people find their way around the new system. But in rural states like Iowa, with populations spread across hundreds of miles, those workers face an especially daunting challenge.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:37:48 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32401 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Care Outreach Workers Stretched Thin Rural Post Offices in Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rural-post-offices-crisis <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>It’s mid-morning on a bleak March day in Nilwood, Ill. And every 10 minutes or so, a car or truck pulls into the gravel parking lot in front of the south-central Illinois town’s post office. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Rush hour.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:28:05 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 18196 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rural Post Offices in Crisis My Farm Roots: Nolan Strawder http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-nolan-strawder <p><em>This is the fifth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s series chronicling Americans&rsquo; connection to the land.</em><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em> Click here to explore more </em></a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>My Farm Roots</em></a><em> stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>When a guy is a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant, you figure he puts in a pretty good day of work.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:16:55 +0000 Peggy Lowe 5909 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Nolan Strawder Reproductive Health Access a Challenge for Some Rural Iowa Women http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reproductive-health-access-challenge-some-rural-iowa-women <p>In recent months, several small-town Iowa reproductive health care clinics have closed. And now, more may be in danger. Bills introduced this month in Congress threaten to cut Title X funding, which provides for reproductive health care across the nation, and supplies it to places with few other options like rural Iowa.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:36:21 +0000 Clare Roth 5502 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reproductive Health Access a Challenge for Some Rural Iowa Women Bridging the Gap Between Rural, Urban Ag http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bridging-gap-between-rural-urban-ag-0 <p>In the Iowa Statehouse, and in statehouses across the nation, representatives are finding themselves separated&mdash;not by party lines, but by whether they come from an urban or rural district.&nbsp; This weekend, the first national Urban Ag Academy was held in Des Moines. The goal? To look at that divide and to give a voice to minority farmers.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:43:53 +0000 Clare Roth 4751 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bridging the Gap Between Rural, Urban Ag Bridging the Gap Between Rural, Urban Ag http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bridging-gap-between-rural-urban-ag <p>In the Iowa Statehouse, and in statehouses across the nation, representatives are finding themselves separated&mdash;not by party lines, but by whether they come from an urban or rural district.&nbsp; This weekend, the first Urban Ag Academy was held in Des Moines. The goal? To look at that divide and to give a voice to minority farmers. More than sixty state representatives from across the country came together to in an effort to help bridge the divide between city and country.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:43:45 +0000 Clare Roth 4750 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bridging the Gap Between Rural, Urban Ag Counties offer split opinions on Mental Health Redesign http://iowapublicradio.org/post/counties-offer-split-opinions-mental-health-redesign <p>July 1 is a big date for mental health care in Iowa—that’s the day funding switches over to a <em>redesigned</em> model. The legislature approved a plan to equalize mental health care funding for low income residents across the state.&nbsp; Some counties are crying foul, saying programs will be gutted. But other’s say the change they say finally gives all counties a level playing field.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:21:36 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 3904 at http://iowapublicradio.org Counties offer split opinions on Mental Health Redesign