Thoughts on the news of the week from a writer with rural bona fides and a soft spot for old country music.

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Keep It Rural is a weekly newsletter written by Daily Yonder contributor Bryce Oates. It features Bryce’s personal take on the news of the day, along with recommended rural reading from around the web and other musings on music, food, arts and culture, and more. It is typically delivered every Tuesday afternoon.

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Bryce Oates is a freelance writer whose work includes reported news, narrative nonfiction, opinion pieces, Q&A interviews and strategic communications. He’s interested in all sorts of things, chiefly — or at least most pertinent to this newsletter — federal budgets in rural communities, farm and food policy, public lands and conservation issues, racial and gender equity in rural, climate change, economic inequality, rural demographic data and the many iterations of “rural poverty.”

Transylvania County, North Carolina. (Photo by Dillon Groves on Unsplash.)

Bryce, who grew up in rural Missouri, now writes from the mountains of Transylvania County, North Carolina.

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