Upcoming elections, whether on the local, state or national level, will have a big impact on the future of rural areas. Anyone who wants to express their opinions on candidates, measures and more can make their voices heard in the pages of Agweek.

Sharing your rural voice and agriculture knowledge around election issues and candidates is important. However, space is limited to what we can run each week. Beginning Aug. 31, Agweek will charge to publish community engagement letters to the editor advocating for or against candidates, ballot measures or political parties. The fee helps cover our increasing costs while giving you a larger platform in print and digital to advocate for important issues and candidates of choice. As with other letters to the editor, letters must be submitted with the writer’s name, address and phone number (only the writer’s name and city are published).

Moving to paid election-related letters is something most major newspapers, as well as all Forum Communications Company newspapers, have implemented in order to give campaigns the ability to submit letters, keep newsrooms from serving as an extension of campaigns, and allow the public to submit letters that may otherwise have been deemed redundant.

Election-related letters to the editor will be considered ads, subject to a charge of $25 for the first 7 inches and $10 for each inch therafter. Letters must be submitted by noon Central time on Tuesdays for publishing in the next week's edition. Agweek retains the right to reject any letter that doesn't meet its publishing standards and will decide whether a letter is subject to the fee, at which point the letter writer may decide whether to pay to have it published.

To submit a letter, visit https://modulist.news. Sign in or create an account, then click "create" under Community Engagement Letter. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a letter, and select Agweek as the publication. We look forward to publishing your candidate endorsements and opinions on issues facing rural America and the livelihood of agriculture.