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Western Elected Officials Call for Balanced Use of Public Lands

A delegation of western elected officials brought their call for balancing energy development with other important uses of federal public lands to the US Department of Interior in Washington, DC. They presented department officials with a letter addressed to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and signed by 75 state legislators and county commissioners from 7 states.

Training our Future Women Gardeners, Farmers, and Ranchers

Attention women who are getting started in gardening, farming, and ranching. We have some great learning opportunities for you here in Nebraska!

If you are dreaming of owning a farm or ranch, we have just the session for you. Our Farm Dreams Workshop is designed to help people seeking practical, common-sense information on whether farming or ranching is the right next step.

EPA Proposes Major Upgrade for Clean Water Rules

On March 25, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed an administrative rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. The loopholes left more than half of America’s streams and millions of wetland acres unprotected from pollution.

The new rules will provide much needed clarity in Clean Water Act enforcement; clarity that will be advantageous across rural and small town America.

Wind Gives Small Towns a Boost

The wind energy industry has been a big boost to communities across the country, providing a new income source to farmers and ranchers that host projects, reinvigorating small communities by providing new economic opportunities and funding for fire and police departments, schools, infrastructure, and other public services.

State renewable energy standards and the national Production Tax Credit (PTC) have been major drivers of wind energy development in the US.

Kansas, Continue Wind Energy Leadership

Expanding wind energy has brought fantastic opportunities to Kansas. Rural Kansas has often been the recipients of this boost, with the industry bringing new income to farmers and ranchers that host projects, and also reinvigorating small towns by providing new economic opportunities.

Landowners have benefited from lease payments, and local communities have enjoyed new revenue generated by turbines. Investment in wind energy has provided these communities the chance to improve local roads and schools, while also creating over 12,000 jobs in the state.

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