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"You're looking pretty rural!”

My sweet former neighbors and landlords must have be feeling festive, or feisty at least. They called out to me, "Hey, Erin! You're looking pretty rural!" I was crossing the yard, headed home from a veggie delivery run, but turned back with the “What?!” response you'd expect. I mean, who says that? And what does it even mean?! Does everyone think I look rural? Is that my look, RURAL?!

Nebraska Medicaid Losses Top $400 Million

Since Jan 1, 2014, Nebraska has been forfeiting $930,096 per day in federal funds that could provide health insurance for over 54,000 low-income, working Nebraska families and individuals. On March 6, the amount of forfeited federal funds will top $400 million.

Nebraska Livestock Bills Are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

The corporate attempt to take over family farm agriculture in Nebraska is back. Three separate bills being debated in the Unicameral, LB 176, 175 and 106, are nothing short of a corporate-driven assault on family farmers and rural communities.

LB 176 would lift Nebraska’s ban on packer ownership for hogs, so long as they do so under contract production. Increasing packer ownership of hogs relegates smaller, family farm producers to the role of residual suppliers, taking lower prices or even lesser contracts at virtually every turn.

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