Join us to examine the future of rural Texas with lawmakers, local officials, residents and more

The Future of Rural Texas

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Rural Texans provide the food, fuel and fiber that sustain Texas, but they are often left out of the conversation in Austin. What are the big issues facing rural Texans and what makes for a thriving rural community?

Join The Texas Tribune and industry experts, community leaders and local lawmakers from across Texas for a special event, The Future of Rural Texas, happening Nov. 17-18 in person in Lubbock and streaming virtually.

This program will both examine hard realities for rural Texans and bring forward success stories from rural communities with thoughtful panel conversations, one-on-one interviews, discussions and more.

Register for the multiday event here

This multiday event will be simultaneously streamed for virtual attendees and will be available to watch on demand afterward at

The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors.

Sponsors help make our events possible. Thank you to Texas Rural Funders, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., Raise Your Hand Texas, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Association of Counties, Texas Electric Cooperatives, TEXAS 2036, Texas A&M Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Association of Dairymen, Texas Rural Health Association, Texas Tech University System, Texas Association of Community Colleges, Texas Agriculture Council, Texas Citrus Mutual, The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association, Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association, Texas Grain and Feed Association, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Corn Producers and Texas Poultry Federation for supporting this event and Texas Tech University for hosting this event.

Tribune events are also supported through contributions from our founding investors and members. Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.