Farm Bill News

Use of Food Stamps Rises in Burt County

The use of food stamps in Burt County (home to the Center's main Nebraska office) increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending, and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

The proportion of Burt County residents receiving food stamps hit 10% in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services. That’s an increase of 4 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started.

Will the Programs You Need Get Funded?

Springtime in Washington, DC – the cherries are in bloom, the weather is erratic, and legislators start “the appropriations process.”

The what?! The appropriations process, or “approps” as the kids say, is the time when members of Congress decide which programs will get funded in the coming year, and for how much. It is a critical time for the programs many of us count on in rural America, even if you don’t realize these programs are helping your community.

How can you be involved to make sure these programs keep rural America thriving? 

Fewer Mid-Sized Farms in Operation

The Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that helps policymakers understand the agricultural landscape. Ultimately, it helps them design effective policy that responds to the challenges and opportunities identified. This is our second in a series of articles drilling down into the recently released 2012 Census of Agriculture’s preliminary report. Here we focus on mid-scale farms, as well as mid-age farms.

We Are Rural: Advocacy

After a two-year debate, a new farm bill cleared the House and Senate as our annual report headed to the printer. It was a heck of a fight. We won some and lost some. Many of you weighed in throughout to speak up for investments in beginners, small businesses, and natural resources.

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