Rural Iowa Today and Tomorrow

Monday, May 13, 2019

I asked a 29-year-old who returned to his hometown what he thought was going right in rural Iowa and what still needs improvement. Scott Henry of Longview Farms in Nevada mentioned that part of the future entails whether his generation and the ones to follow will stay or return to rural Iowa.

His choice was made easy because the family farm was the opportunity he desired, but he worried that his wife—from the city—would not be happy. Fortunately, Jessica, an attorney, has embraced rural Iowa and loves working in downtown Nevada and getting involved with the community.

Programs like the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa and Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa are likely responsible for getting businesses and individuals like Jessica to embrace rural Iowa. These programs may also help the ag-tech companies that Scott knows are staying in Iowa to be further enticed to look more rural, further benefiting communities by setting up shop on their main streets.

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