Iowa Senate requires meatpackers to buy from independent producers; low feed prices save industrial operations billions of dollars

>> Meatpackers will have to purchase more of their hogs from independent family farmers if legislation approved by the Iowa Senate on March 20, 2007, becomes law. SF 504 requires them to purchase at least 25 percent of their hogs from independent farmers. Senator Jack Kibbie (Democrat-Emmetsburg) urged the Senate to pass the bill, saying the market for independent hog producers has almost disappeared. He described signs at packers’ unloading docks that say “contract hogs only” and called on the Senate to pass the bill to provide a market for the independent producer.

REAP Online Loans

Launched in the fall of 2005, the REAP Online Lending System has greatly improved the Center’s outreach and ability to work with entrepreneurs across rural Nebraska. REAP is our acclaimed full-service, statewide rural small business development program. It offers loans, training, technical assistance, and networking for micro businesses, defined as those with five or fewer employees.

Dangerous Times for Natural Amenity Growth

Natural amenity growth relies on abundant land and water resources, and producers who use them wisely should be rewarded for their long-term vision in preserving them for us and future generations

Natural amenities can enhance an agriculture producer’s income and preserve the landscape for all of us. In the last few columns, we have discussed how attitudes will need to change to take advantage of natural amenity growth. Discussing change is easier when commodity prices are low and eagerness to do the right thing is stimulated by an economic benefit – a win-win situation.

Consolidated Schools Lower Participation in After School Activities

Report finds that long bus rides mean less involvement in extra-curricular activities for rural school children in consolidated schools

Public education is available to all children across the United States. The quality of that education can vary from state to state and community to community. In rural areas, many differences are apparent.

Yet many rural schools face the same problems: distances between home and school, lack of appropriate state funding, lack of teachers and professional staff with advanced degrees, lack of preschool and early interventions to those needing special services, and poverty among rural students.

NIFA Financing for Beginning Farmers

For over 20 years, the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority has helped beginning farmers in the state access agricultural loans at reduced interest rates

Since the early 80’s the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) has been assisting agricultural Nebraska with its Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program. Not to be confused with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s program by the same name (a tax credit rental program), NIFA’s program is for purchase of agricultural real and personal property.

Agricultural Purpose Only


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