Farm and Food News

Farm Girl Journal Captures the Joy of Growing up on a Farm

Living in rural and small-town America is not a challenge, or a burden. I love living in a small town, having the ability to know my neighbors, and a genuine feeling of connectedness to the land and natural world. I can look out of my window at our garden, our flowers, the birds (and squirrels) at our birdfeeder. If that isn’t enough, in two minutes I can be in the countryside.

Beel Ranch: Conservation Profile

The Beel brothers are third-generation stewards of their family ranch located on the Brown and Cherry County line in the Nebraska Sandhills. Started in 1937 by Henry O. Beel, ranch records reveal conservation practices were an early concern: soil and water planning, water placement, rotational grazing, and planting of tree groves began in the 1940s. Today conservation and range management continue to play a central role at the Beel Ranch.

Butterfly Byway Workshop to be Held in Brewster

If you've been following the Center's news on pollinators, you know that an effort to increase awareness of and habitat for pollinators is currently underway in several Nebraska communities. 

One exciting effort, the Pollination = Preservation Project, is taking place in the Nebraska Sandhills, where the Center for Rural Affairs, the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway and the Loup Basin RC&D are working with landowners to create the "Butterfly Byway," a network of pollinator gardens certified by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).   

Rural Food Business Growth: A Tool for Rural Vibrancy

Have you heard about the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Food Business Growth Project aimed at 5 counties in northeast Nebraska? What exactly does it mean? We invite you to dream with us on a food system vision.

You may ask, “Aren’t we already doing our part to feed the world?” I challenge this idea, when we import produce and meats from other states to the grocery stores where most of us purchase food.

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