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Governor Signs Proclamation for Farm to School Month

In 2010, Congress designated October as National Farm to School Month. This acknowledged and celebrated that farm to school programs are an important way to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about where their food comes from.

Here in Nebraska, we have many farm to school developments to celebrate this October. When Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation for Nebraska’s 2016 Farm to School Month yesterday, leaders in Nebraska farm to school stood alongside him.

Beginning farmer grows organic and sheep operation

Justin Doerr left the Army after serving overseas and knew he wanted to farm for his civilian career. He is big on planning, so he attended farm tours and webinars across three states to prepare for launching his farm business. He eased back into sheep production, using facilities his parents had vacated while Justin was in the service. Since his youth was spent following his father's direction on farm tasks rather than making his own farm decisions, Justin wanted to share the risk in his startup year of crop production.

Who’s Using the Rural Food Business Growth Helpline?

Last November, with the help of a USDA Rural Business Development Grant, the Center launched the Rural Food Business Growth project providing technical assistance and resources, along with a helpline for rural food growers and food businesses to contact for assistance. This project focuses on five counties in northeast Nebraska: Burt, Cuming, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne.

So, who is using this helpline?

Your support makes our work happen

You did it. Take a look!

We are happy to share four pictures of rural people working with the Center for Rural Affairs  to make small towns more vibrant places. Your support for the Center makes the work pictured here happen.

From small town storefronts to Midwest ranches, and from school cafeterias to the halls of power in Washington, rural people are working everyday to live up to the values the Center stands for.

Thank you for being part of the team that makes it all possible – team rural.
 

Two Farm to School Trainings set

Join us for one of our last two Farm to School trainings.

We promise you won’t go away hungry; you will leave inspired and ready to make some initial first steps to bring the farm to your local school.

Center for Rural Affairs has partnered with UNL Extension to offer six farm to school trainings across the state. We’ve traveled to East Butler Public Schools in Brainard, Wayne Public Schools, North Platte Public Schools and the Nebraska School Nutrition Association Conference held in Kearney.

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