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Big Issues for Nebraska in the Next Legislative Session

There’s another Husker season to get ready for – the reconvening of the 2016 Nebraska Legislature, which takes place on January 6, 2016. Important issues to be debated include closing the health care coverage gap, reforming taxes, protecting independent livestock producers, and developing renewable energy.

Farming Fits Veterans and Veterans Fit Farming

The Center for Rural Affairs has worked to support and assist beginning farmers and ranchers for over 25 years. And increasingly, beginning farmer and rancher inquiries come from military veterans. They have the same needs as other new farmers: access to land, financing and information. But they also bring new issues: disabilities, returning to civilian life, a drive to help fellow veterans, a powerful sense of wanting to be of service to their country.
 

Artfully Rural: Unveiling of Public Artworks in Northeastern Nebraska ⇒ Public Invited!

It'll be two exciting and artful days for two Northeast Nebraska communities in Burt County. Two separate public artworks will be unveiled on Sunday, November 1 in Decatur, and Monday, November 2 in Lyons. The projects, part of the Byway of Art project, are a collaborative effort by the Center for Rural Affairs, artist Matthew Mazzotta, and the communities. It was made possible by support from ArtPlace America.

Rural Rockstar: Martin Kleinschmit is a Champion of Change

Nebraska farmer Martin Kleinschmit was among 12 people recognized as a Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack welcomed them to a White House ceremony on Oct 26, 2015. Martin has been a pioneer with many of his efforts to help fellow farmers care for their land and make use of renewable energy.

Martin was a Center for Rural Affairs project specialist for 17 years. He worked on beginning farmer issues, soil conservation, organic farming, renewable energy, and grazing management.

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