Listening Session Opportunity related to Rural America

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The Rural Population Research Network (RPRN) is leading an effort to identify the issues diverse rural stakeholders see as top priorities for understanding population change. We are inviting Extension colleagues working with rural people and places to participate in a one-hour listening session on challenges and opportunities related to population change in one of the four following areas:

  • Agriculture and Food Systems (February 8 @ 11am (ET), 10am (CT), 9am (MT), 8am (PT)).  
  • Community and Economic Development (February 15 @ 11am (ET), 10am (CT), 9am (MT), 8am (PT)). 
  • Environment and Natural Resources (February 22 @ 11am (ET), 10am (CT), 9am (MT), 8am (PT)). 
  • Health, Health Care, and Disability Services (February 29 @ 11am (ET), 10am (CT), 9am (MT), 8am (PT)). 

Your insights will be used to inform future research on these topics. Findings from the sessions will be used to produce a public report, presentations, and publications identifying topics of interest and priorities for future applied research. Findings will also help guide the work of the Rural Population Research Network and be shared with stakeholders including participants, state and federal agencies, and philanthropic organizations. Additional details about the Listening Sessions can be found below.  

If this is something you would be interested in participating in, please register using the following link: REGISTRATION

***These focus groups are part of a research study that has been reviewed by The Pennsylvania State University, University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, Mississippi State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s HRPP/IRB. Participation is strictly voluntary. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Dr. Danielle Rhubart at