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North Dakota - Vote No On Measure #1

Citizens are told that their long-held values are getting in the way of progress, or that the family farm is obsolete. But the truth is just the opposite: Corporate farming is destroying our present; the family farm is our future…

REAP Helps Celebrate 25 Years of Microenterprise Support

Center for Rural Affairs REAP staffers Dena Beck and Nancy Flock attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) in Washington, D.C. in May. AEO is the trade association for microenterprise businesses in the United States.

Session tracks focused on inclusion, innovation, collaboration, and economic disruption and transformation. Entrepreneurs and service providers like REAP are working on most of these themes to drive their businesses and missions forward.

New Grasslands Conservation Opportunity Available for Interested Landowners

A new type of carbon credit program designed for long-term conservation initiatives such as conservation easements on grasslands is beginning to enroll landowners this year. The goal of this effort is to develop a pilot project designed to conserve grasslands and reduce potential greenhouse gas emissions from land conversion. The program could potentially pay landowners who are avoiding crop cultivation activities in concert with easement activity.

The United States has lost grasslands to cropland at accelerated rates in recent years. This conversion can lead to a number of environmental issues including loss of habitat, soil erosion, water pollution, and release of greenhouse gases. By maintaining grasslands, landowners can enhance wildlife habitat, improve watershed health, and prevent the release of carbon into the atmosphere.

The Good Herdsman - Celebrating Ten Unapologetically Rural Years

Throughout my years I’ve recognized that a good herdsman understands that when working with and sorting livestock, it’s best to move gently, quietly and step towards the cattle, working with the animals rather against. It’s a science and a real art that requires patience and knowledge of the animal.
 
Recently while sorting cattle it dawned on me that the way a good herdsman interacts with livestock isn’t all that different from how a good leader interacts with his colleagues and peers.
 

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