Complete coverage on

Rural Development

Outside the small town of Mediapolis, Iowa, the elementary, middle and high school buildings sit together in one complex, surrounded by acres and acres of corn fields.

Latest Stories

CNNMoney: Budget battle: What got cutupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 07:25:00

You can wave bye-bye to $4 billion in government spending.

Medical marijuana shops face banning in unincorporated L.A. Countyupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 20:56:00

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took a major step Tuesday toward banning medical marijuana dispensaries in the county's unincorporated areas.

Eradicating Guinea worm in Sudanupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 12:23:00

With help from The Carter Center, Guinea worm disease is close to eradication around the world.

How fight against Guinea worm was wonupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 12:23:00

It's a disease that has plagued Africans for decades, now medical researchers believe they are on their way to eradicating it.

Sherrod: Andrew Breitbart is 'a liar'updated: Fri Jul 23 2010 06:07:00

If Shirley Sherrod had 30 seconds with conservative website blogger Andrew Breitbart, her response would be simple.

Sherrod: 'I'm a fighter'updated: Fri Jul 23 2010 06:07:00

Shirley Sherrod has words for a blogger who posted her speech on his website that eventually led to her losing her job.

Ex-USDA official insists she was told White House wanted her to quitupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 18:38:00

While officials say the White House didn't ask for Shirley Sherrod's resignation, the former black Agriculture Department employee insisted Tuesday that the push for her to step down came from the Obama administration.

Who asked Sherrod to resign?updated: Tue Jul 20 2010 18:38:00

The Agriculture Secretary says the White House played no part in Shirley Sherrod's resignation from the USDA.

Wiring the wrong America?updated: Tue Mar 16 2010 20:38:00

A rural town loses the battle for broadband stimulus money. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

Rural town's broadband battleupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 20:38:00

Dave Pries stands near a decades-old weather siren in his hometown of Minneiska, Minnesota, worrying about when the next tornado will hit. Along with the weather, the city clerk voices another big concern here: slow Internet connections.

'Saving lives' with solar-powered lightsupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 06:37:00

The villagers' faces light up as Evans Wadongo arrives. Men, women and children sing and gather around as he shows how his invention -- a solar-powered LED lantern -- will soon light up their homes.

CNN Hero: Evans Wadongoupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 06:37:00

Evans Wadongo invented a way for rural families in Kenya to replace smoky kerosene and firelight with solar power.

England's rural economiesupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 08:03:00

CNN's Charles Hodson reports on the local property scene in rural West Somerset.

Fire torches oil fieldsupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 10:54:00

A rapidly moving fire in southwest California torched oil fields and threatened homes.

Hot, dry conditions feed California wildfireupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 10:54:00

Hot, dry weather worked against Southern California firefighters early Thursday as they battled a quickly expanding fire in the rugged terrain of Ventura County.

Atlas highlights HIV/AIDS burden in Southeastupdated: Fri Jun 26 2009 17:22:00

The Southeast is among the areas of the United States with the highest concentration of cases of HIV and AIDS, according to a new online tool called the National HIV/AIDS Atlas.

747 pilot rescues farmers from disasterupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 06:52:00

After surviving a near-fatal accident, Richard Olson recalls the doctor telling him, "You may never walk again."

CNN Heroes: Bill Grossupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 06:52:00

Pilot Bill Gross and his nonprofit Farm Rescue help family farms survive in times of illness, injury or natural disaster

FSB: Finding funding for rural businessesupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 18:57:00

Dear FSB: We are a small business in a rural community that is in need of money to redirect and retool our company. After 30 years in the commercial satellite installation business, we need to look elsewhere for future growth but do not have the investment capital. Our needs are large enough that we can't afford it ourselves and too small to attract investors. We employ about 15 people and numerous contractors in a high overhead low to no margin business. SBA loans are prohibitively expensive and bureaucratic, and grants also have expensive strings attached. I need help to move forward.

All about: Rural communitiesupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 03:34:00

It is said that nowhere else on earth will the impacts of climate change be felt more acutely than in the developing world.

Indian village recyclesupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 03:34:00

A village in India is taking on the country's plastic crisis, one bag at a time. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

The kinder side of MBAs?updated: Fri Jul 28 2006 06:55:00

MBAs are all about making more money in the future, right? Not always. Some top business schools are teaching that success is not only measured by the bottom line.

Money Magazine: Fields And Dreams For four generations, Rich Kay's family have been successful Iowa farmers. But this year, at updated: Fri Dec 01 2000 00:01:00

Driving at an easy clip along a gravel road that stretches on and on into the horizon, Rich Kay makes a sudden right-hand turn and steers his Chevrolet truck up a steep and bumpy incline. "Here we ...


Promising to cut the federal budget has become one of the regrettable rituals of autumn in America. In almost every year since Ronald Reagan incited the modern revolt against "waste, fraud, and abu...

We recommend