Stand Up for 77,000 Hard Working Nebraskans

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, concerned citizens and like-minded organizations, including the Center for Rural Affairs, were at the Nebraska State Capitol. They gathered to support the Transitional Health Care bill, which will ensure all Nebraskans are able to get the health coverage they need.

Over 77,000 hard-working Nebraskans don’t have access to affordable health insurance. During the upcoming session, the legislature will once again have the opportunity and responsibility to ensure all Nebraskans have access to the care they need!

Gearing Up for the Big Fight

Crop insurance is an important and necessary component of an effective farm safety net. However, it is a very complex program that will work more effectively with much-needed, commonsense reforms.
Under current law, we are subsidizing crop insurance at an average rate of 62% on every acre without limit regardless of farm size or wealth. We have an issue with that. Our tax dollars - the public trust - subsidize the largest operators no matter how big they get.

Inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr

The Center for Rural Affairs observes Martin Luther King, Jr Day as a national holiday. On the Friday before, Brian Depew (our executive director) sent staff an email inquiring if anyone wanted to share a favorite Martin Luther King quote. He said, "I've always really liked, 'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.'"

The emails began flying. John Crabtree's favorite was, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Stand Opposed to Packer Ownership of Livestock in Nebraska

They’re at it again, big meatpacking companies want to drive independent farmers out of hog production. LB 176 would lift Nebraska’s prohibition on packer ownership of hogs. And you can bet your last dollar they’ll come after cattle next.

The bill has been prioritized by Senator Schilz, and it will be on the agenda today. We beat them last year, and we will need your voice to beat them again!

Can you lend your voice to help us defeat this bill? Here is how you can help:

Infrastructure Is Essential to the Clean Power Plan

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of the Clean Power Plan. It sets ambitious but achievable goals to reduce carbon emissions from energy generators by 2030.

An important aspect is that states have the ability to create their own plan to meet emission targets. Each state can determine how to best meet reduction goals in a way that benefits them.