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USDA Farming Rule Creates New Loopholes

A draft rule issued by USDA aims to define what it means to be ‘actively engaged’ in farming. The proposed rule makes some important changes, but those improvements are immediately undermined by two new loopholes introduced in the rule.
 
The draft rule, somewhat unabashedly, only applies to farms that are large enough to “require” quadruple the statutory limit. You can abuse the rules, as long as you only abuse them up to $500,000 ($1 million if you’re married) each year.
 

Raising Hay and a Little Hell in a Man’s Field

It’s a man’s world, or at least that is a popular belief when it comes to farming. But today approximately half of Midwest and Great Plains farm and ranch land is owned or co-owned by women.

Phyllis McCain of Norfolk, Neb. is one of those women landowners. She recently attended a Women Caring for the Land workshop organized by the Center for Rural Affairs. It is one of several workshops being hosted this summer designed to empower women who own land.

#tbt Defining Moments

Since the founding of the Center for Rural Affairs in the fall of 1973, we’ve seen a lot of history and we’ve made a lot of history. And we’ve experienced our share of defining moments, points in time, decisions, and choices that helped define our organization for years, even decades, to come.

One of those defining moments was the 1982 passage of Initiative 300, Nebraska’s erstwhile constitutional prohibition of corporate farming in Nebraska. Some years back that state constitutional provision was, frustratingly, struck down in federal court.

My Top 10 Organizing Memories!

For the past six years, my life has revolved around the Center for Rural Affairs. Crisscrossing the state of Nebraska, shaking your hand, maybe observing the soil, flora and fauna on your farm and definitely eating the pie at your cafe. In no particular order, below are my most memorable moments of the past six years.

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