Farmers and Ranchers are on the Front Lines of Climate Change

My favorite part of my job at the Center for Rural Affairs is talking to rural people about issues that impact their lives. Sometimes these issues are less controversial, like encouraging young people and minorities to get started in farming, or providing assistance to disabled veterans who are rebuilding their lives in small towns with second careers in agriculture.

These are the easy conversations, ones that make you feel warm and fuzzy and inspire me to keep going as an organizer.

Farm Bill Future Uncertain as 2014 Dawns

As 2013 headed into the history books, Congress had not yet reached a final deal on the farm bill. However, they say they will likely pass it when they return in January.

The biggest issue to resolve is how much they will cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). There has been some indication that they have reached an agreement that would cut the program by around $8 billion.

Applications Now Open for Two Important Farm & Ranch Programs

The US Department of Agriculture announced two important program opportunities for farmers and ranchers. They are the Conservation Stewardship Program (now open until Feb 7, 2014) and the Value Added Producer Grant Program (open until Feb 24, 2014).

Conservation Stewardship Program
Farmers, ranchers, and foresters have until February 3 to submit applications to their local Natural Resources Conservation Service. The original deadline was January 17, and we successfully pushed for the extension!

Godspeed Old Friend

During the Center’s early years the organization made some big splashes. The publication of reports such as Who Will Sit Up with the Corporate Sow? in 1975 and Wheels of Fortune in 1976 established the Center as a crucial voice in rural policy debates in and beyond Nebraska.


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