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Barrera is first ever Latino Business Center Partner of the Year

Sandra Barrera, of Grand Island, Nebraska, was chosen as the first ever Center for Rural Affairs’ 2016 Latino Business Center Partner of the Year. She was recognized at an award ceremony on March 10 in York, Nebraska.

The Latino Business Center Partner of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support for the Rural Entrepreneurship Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center and exceptional dedication to small business development in rural Nebraska.

Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentive Program recommendations

We investigated statewide usages and participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program – Transition Incentive Program (CRP-TIP in South Dakota and surrounding states, and submitted the following recommendations to the USDA to make regarding program delivery. (Check out our report, "Pathways to Land Access.")

Insure commodities you have not insured before

Farmers and ranchers, have you heard of Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP)?

WFRP is a crop insurance plan that allows a farmer or rancher to insure the revenue for their operation in its entirety. The program is available in all counties nationwide. You can utilize WFRP as your sole source of crop insurance or with other federal crop insurance policies.

Corporate Farming Notes

Farmland owned by foreign interests on the rise

A recent report from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that foreign holdings of U.S. farmland doubled between 2004 and 2014. Foreign investors now control 27.3 million acres of farmland.

Among the leading foreign owners of domestic farmland is the Chinese firm Shuanghui. The same firm purchased pork giant Smithfield Foods in 2013. Shuanghui owns more than 146,000 acres of farmland in the U.S.

Lux receives REAP Extra Mile Award

Doris Lux, of Columbus, Nebraska, was chosen as the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2016 Extra Mile Award. She was recognized at an award ceremony on March 10 in York, Nebraska.

The REAP Extra Mile Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding support to REAP and exceptional dedication to small business development in rural Nebraska.

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