Clean Energy
Clean energy like wind power creates economic opportunity.
Apply for a loan online
Nebraska entrepreneurs start here to build your business.
Family Farms
Join our campaign for policy to support family scale agriculture.
Dig into Policy
Find rural analysis on the topics affecting small-town America.

Latest Center News

 

Rural Rockstar: Jerry Peckumn Honored for His Advocacy and Citizenship

Jerry Peckum, who farms near Jefferson, Iowa, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award. The award goes to someone who actively participates in the democratic process for creating public policy, and who works closely with us to advance public policies that strengthen family farms, ranches, and rural communities.

Fewer Shadows on the Land

This excellent piece was written by Don Ralston, Center for Rural Affairs co-founder, in January 1974. It's a Throwback Thursday ( #tbt ) from the Center's archives.

What value should be placed on the shadow the farmer casts on his land? We all know there are fewer shadows these days as Nebraskans leave the rural areas, taking part in the largest migration of people the world has witnessed.

NPPD Can Do More to Help Lower Energy Consumption and Electricity Bills

Affordable and reliable energy is critical for rural and small towns. Luckily, here in Nebraska we have the opportunity to meet our energy needs while at the same time creating more vibrant communities. Small businesses, manufacturing operations, households, schools, libraries, family farms, and grocery stores in small-town communities are missing a prime opportunity to save more money, simply by consuming less energy. 

The leading force engaging people and ideas in building a better future for rural America. Learn more