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Welcome to Down Yonder – our weekly roundup of good reads we’ve found around the web.

Our goal is to showcase more perspectives on national and global issues through a rural lens. Expect Down Yonder on Saturdays. Enjoy!


Mother Jones: White People Own 98 Percent of Rural Land. Young Black Farmers Want to Reclaim Their Share.

Innovations by Black farmers remain at the core of sustainable agriculture today.


ProPublica: Unheard

Alaska has the highest rate of sexual assault in the nation. These women and men did not choose to be violated, but they now choose to speak about what happened.


New York Times: A White Gatekeeper of Southern Food Faces Calls to Resign

John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, is urged to step down after longstanding concerns about his leadership.


Grist: House Democrats Finally Have a Goddamn Climate Plan

On Tuesday, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a report that it has been working on since January 2019. 


The Conversation: Which Drugs and Therapies Are Proven to Work, and Which Ones Don’t, for Covid-19?

William Petri, a physician and a scientist at the University of Virginia conducts research to find better ways to diagnose and treat infectious diseases, including Covid-19. He’s sharing what is known about which treatments work, and which don’t, for the new coronavirus infection.


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Institute for Local Self Reliance: Don’t Miss Out On Broadband Funding — The NTIA Has a Tool For You

Funding can seem like an insurmountable barrier to expanding Internet access and adoption. But for states, local communities, nonprofits, or other organizations looking for some help, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has updated its federal funding search tool for 2020.