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Keep Calm and Carry on with Healthcare.gov

Officially, the open period for enrolling in the new healthcare marketplace expired at midnight, March 31st. However, consumers who began their enrollment through healthcare.gov or the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Call Center and, through no fault of their own, have been unable to complete the process by the deadline have been granted a special enrollment extension. Consumers enrolling after March 31st will have to attest that they tried to enroll prior to the end of open enrollment.

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.

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