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Tips and TIPs welcome

Center for Rural Affairs is seeking participants in Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP). Are you a landowner in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota or South Dakota who has participated in CRP-TIP, or know someone who is? We’re interested in hearing from you. Please contact us at annaj@cfra.org or 515.329.0172.  

Time to Talk Farm Bill

If you live in farm country, the Farm Bill shapes your landscape. Whether through crop insurance, FSA loans, conservation programs, training opportunities, or any of the other dozens of policies included in this giant piece of legislation, chances are you interact with Farm Bill policy on a regular basis. Because the Farm Bill shapes the lives of rural Americans, the Center is committed to ensuring that rural Americans shape the Farm Bill.

Sandhill & Sun Ranch: Conservation Profile

The Sandhill & Sun Ranch is located on just over 2600 acres in northwestern Brown County, Nebraska. Al and Lois Steuter, along with their four kids, developed a family cattle business where simplicity is a defining characteristic and where land management is an investment in the future, informed by the past.

Switzer Ranch: Conservation Profile

The Switzer Ranch is a 12,000-acre diversified cattle ranch near the Calamus Reservoir in Loup County that has been in the family since 1904. Today four generations live on the land that, along with two neighboring ranches, is designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the Audubon Society - the first private site identified as an IBA in Nebraska.

Shovel Dot Ranch: Conservation Profile

“I think each generation of our family has learned new ideas and new methods to help improve the productivity and health of the land,” said Homer Buell, who owns and manages Shovel Dot Ranch along with his family.

Shovel Dot is home to the fourth and fifth generations of the Buell family. Larry and his wife, Nickie, as well as Homer and his wife, Darla make their homes on the ranch, although they have divided the ranch between them. Their children, the fifth generation of Buells have now taken over the day-to-day management of the operation.

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