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Family Farms and Farm to School: Return to the Roots

Farm to School programs appeared in the mid-1990s with a 3-way focus: fresh, local foods in school menus; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow to include 40,000 schools and 23 million schoolchildren. Federal grant programs now encourage more.

Giving Thanks for Unexpected Things

Thanksgiving is when, as a nation, we give thanks for the important blessings in our lives. For many, that likely includes family, good health, a decent job, and the like. And we should be thankful if we enjoy any or all of those things.
 
For some in our society, however, working hard doesn’t always produce enough income to make ends meet. And many rural and small town Americans depend on something that the rest of us don’t likely think about that often, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), to help get through some of the tough times.
 

Renewable Energy Pioneers in Action

From cost-conscious manufacturers to organic farmers, the innovative and can-do spirit of the Midwest has everyday people and their businesses addressing climate change and integrating renewable energy in the Midwest! Explore the map below to learn about some of these interesting and impactful people and efforts.

Midwest Action on Climate Change

Across the Midwest and Great Plains – from Nebraska to Michigan and from North Dakota to Ohio – people are taking action this week to address climate change and calling for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and limiting carbon pollution from America’s power plants.
 

Midwest Week of Action Builds Awareness About Climate Change

The Center is joining organizations from across the Midwest for a regional week of action, in order to build awareness for the Clean Power Plan, and encourage rural residents to voice their support for limits on carbon pollution from our nations power plants. The Clean Power Plan proposal isn't just about cutting carbon, it will encourage more investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, which are both great ways to save money, and spark economic development.

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