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Will Congress reform federal crop insurance?

For over three decades, the Center for Rural Affairs has worked alongside farm and rural organizations, U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to reform federal farm subsidies. The impetus for those reform efforts has been the negative impacts unlimited farm subsidies have on beginning farmers, and on small and mid-sized family farms. We argue that when subsidies are unlimited in nature — with no cap on the amount of subsidies that the largest farms can receive — they provide the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms with additional financial resources to bid up land costs and drive their smaller neighbors out of farming.

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?

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