Locals bring artists to town to capture the vibrance of the small agricultural community of Faulkton, S.D.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Across America, small rural agricultural towns are losing young people at a rapid rate. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent population estimates, rural populations have declined for six consecutive years, dropping by 21,000 people in 2016 alone.

This population decline can be attributed, in part, to a shifting geography to urban areas where jobs, schools, retailers and other opportunities are abundant. What's more, fewer young people are staying involved in production agriculture, which has impacted farming and ranching communities.

That's the challenge of small towns in South Dakota and the surrounding areas. What's the best way to retain young talent, support local businesses and economies, keep schools open and revitalize the agricultural community?

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