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Do you produce fruits, vegetables or other specialty crops? Are you interested in protecting your crops with crop insurance, but struggling to find crop insurance that works for the diversity of fruits or vegetables you produce on your operation?

Or maybe you’re a crop insurance agent who is interested in strengthening crop insurance options for specialty crop producers. Maybe you’re a banker, and your banking policies require that loan applicants have crop insurance.

Conference is coming up for Women in Food & Ag

Have you heard? The Women Food & Ag Network’s annual conference is coming to Nebraska for the first time this year in November. You won’t want to miss out on this important opportunity to gather women in one place to learn more about permaculture, this year’s conference theme. From the press release:

Sweet Summer, Sweet Corn

'Tis the season for ears of corn coming out of our ears! One of the many benefits of living in rural America - particularly in the corn belt - is the abundance of sweet corn during the late summer. And this time of year, roadside stands and local farmers markets are brimming with corn on the cob and other fresh produce.

Rural Rockstar: Linda Kleinschmit a sustainable agriculture hero

In acknowledging her decades of leadership and service to sustainable agriculture, USDA has recognized Nebraska farmer Linda Kleinschmit as a NCR-SARE Hero.

Linda is a former Center for Rural Affairs Advisory Board member. She and her husband Martin, a former Center staff member, farm 365 acres of organic crops and livestock near Hartington, Neb. 

Women circle around sustainable farming

Since April, the Center, along with a small group of women farmer leaders, has co-led the first two in a series of Women Farmer Learning Circles on sustainable farming in a changing climate. Participating women are considered the “experts” on their own production, farmland, and conservation needs, and are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and goals rather than passively listen to a professional in a traditional lecture format. This format builds knowledge, confidence, and community around topics the group is most interested in exploring.

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