Remembering Rick Wallace

The Microenterprise and small business community in Nebraska recently lost a good friend. Rick Wallace passed away on January 4, 2016 after a prolonged illness.

He leaves behind a legacy of helping hundreds of small businesses succeed and shaping the state’s microenterprise development industry. From humble beginnings, Rick helped transform microenterprise into a mainstream economic development strategy to assist startup and expansion of small businesses in the state.

Growing the Market for Nebraska Foods

An increasing number of farmers are growing specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs for local markets in Nebraska. Many of them are looking for additional opportunities to provide fresh, healthy food to their community, such as in school meals.
But making the farm to school connection can sometimes be a daunting task.
So it’s timely that the Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with University of Nebraska Extension to offer several FREE farm to school trainings to Nebraska’s school food service staff and fruit and vegetable growers.  

A Winter Visit to Lyons

When a newspaper publishes one of our guest opinions, I often get calls or emails in response. I enjoy the conversations with readers whether they agree or disagree. Once, when I was published by the Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa, I got an email from my high school principal. We’ve stayed in touch since, a perfect reminder that our opinions have an impact on the people that read them.

Unicameral votes for Meatpackers over Family Farmers and Ranchers

On Jan 22, the Nebraska legislature voted to advance LB 176 to the bill’s final reading. The vote on final passage could occur as early as next week.  LB 176, introduced by Senator Ken Schilz last session, would rescind Nebraska’s statute prohibiting meatpacking companies from owning and feeding hogs prior to slaughter.

Debate over the bill was halted when 33 Senators voted in favor of invoking cloture and ending debate. The bill was advanced from Select File by a vote of 32 to 12.