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Beginning farmers: the quest to find land

You’ve decided that farming is for you, and the next step is to find your own land.

As a new farmer, you want to identify when landowners are first thinking about a change. You want to know when a landowner’s children decide not to come home, or when a health condition forces a change in farming activity. You need to learn this at the earliest possible stage, so you can introduce yourself as a solution

Dear Mr. President: keep rural America a priority

Dear Mr. President: 

As organizations representing rural America, we look forward to working with your Administration in the coming years to help ensure that all Americans face a brighter future. We also look forward to having Governor Perdue at the helm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), working on behalf of rural America. 

As you witnessed first-hand during the campaign, the issues facing rural America are no less significant than those facing urban parts of the country, but can more easily be overlooked because America’s small towns and rural areas make up just 15 percent of the nation’s population. 

Solar can serve communities

As renewable energy development continues to surge across the nation, states like Nebraska are building more local renewable energy to meet consumer needs. Nebraska has significant renewable energy resources, ranking 13th for solar energy potential, but still relies heavily on fossil fuels like coal to generate our power. While we continue to import coal from other states, residents are missing out on the opportunity to develop energy locally.

REAP ranks ninth nationally

Center for Rural Affairs’ small business development program ranked ninth in the United States for the number of Small Business Administration microloans placed in fiscal year 2016. 

The program, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, or REAP, provides lending, training, networking and technical assistance to startup and existing small businesses in Nebraska.

The Small Business Administration Office of Economic Opportunity ranks programs and announces results at the close of its fiscal year. We closed 101 small business microloans for a total of $575,105 in 2016.

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