Community Development News

Lyons Storefront Theater Honored with National Award

“Too often we think that you have to go to the big city to get your arts and culture fix. This project is about demonstrating that we can and do have interesting arts and cultural infrastructure in small towns. If we can do this in Lyons, Nebraska, it can be done anywhere.” -Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director Brian Depew

Photos Show Beauty and Detail of Everyday Life

Here at the Center for Rural Affairs, we have a deep appreciation of art. It has the ability to touch our lives, build a shared appreciation of culture, and strengthen community ties.

Our staff is a talented crew – both on the job and off. Gardening, cooking, knitting, woodworking, writing and photography are only a few examples of our creative hobbies.

Latino Rural Population Growing

Our home state of Nebraska has seen significant immigrant growth since the first wave in 1980s, and now has one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the nation. A recent report by the University of Nebraska projects the Latino population will reach 24% of the state’s population by 2050.

Furthermore, 43% of this growth has occurred in rural Nebraska. The majority population in some towns has shifted to Latino. For instance, Lexington, Nebraska, is now 60% Latino and Schuyler, Nebraska, is 65% Latino.

Center for Rural Affairs Applauds Legislative Vote on LB 947

Last week, Governor Ricketts vetoed LB 947, which would allow young Nebraskans who were brought here as children and call this state home to hold professional and occupational licenses.

LB 947 is a crucial step forward for Nebraska, and for rural and small-town Nebraska in particular. It will allow young people who have been granted lawful presence in the U.S. by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action taken by President Obama to acquire licenses to work in Nebraska.

Apply Now for Value Added Producer Grants

USDA is accepting applications for $44 million in competitive Value Added Producer Grants to develop value added ventures. In times of low commodity prices, the help available through this program is especially appealing.
 
The grant program gives priority to projects that expand opportunities for small and mid-sized family farms and for beginning, socially disadvantaged, and military veteran farmers and ranchers. Local food marketing projects are eligible as well, particularly for distribution systems that increase the return to the farmer.
 

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