Agronomy enrollment at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006, when there was just one student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do.
Rural America at a Glance 2016 underlines the economic distress many rural residents, and voters, have felt since the Great Recession.
The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farmers under 35 years-old has grown slightly, about 1 percent nationally.
New farmers are leaving the suburbs and rat race for a life on the land, and the government is taking notice.
Food deserts are areas where 20% of the population lives in poverty and 33% have difficulty accessing a grocery store.