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Congress Slashes Conservation

When thinking about the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last month, one might ask, what does Congress have against conservation?

They made huge cuts to conservation programs, such as the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) that supports conservation practices on cropland, pastureland and rangeland, totaling $402 million over ten years. This cut means 2.3 million fewer acres enrolled in the program.

This anti-conservation spending bill also cut the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) by $136 million for this fiscal year.

Remembering Hank Rohling

A dear member of the Center for Rural Affairs staff, Hank Rohling, passed away unexpectedly on October 24, 2014. In his two years at the Center, Hank crisscrossed the country visiting with Center donors in nearly every state.

Since his passing, many of you have written to share your memories of visiting with him. One Center supporter wrote, “Hank visited our home, and we had such rich conversation. Hank was so real, and it was wonderful to have the Center reach into our home.”

Vibrant Small Towns and Rural Communities Embrace Art and Self-Expression

Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places, not just here in America, but across the globe, you will find art and cultural expression in what some might call the most unlikely of places.

“Artists have contributed to shaping and influencing experiences in public spaces as long as there have been civilizations,” says visiting artist Matthew Mazotta. “They have created work that ranges from revealing the beauty of the world to reflecting back society’s shortcomings.”

Workshops Teach Beginning Latino Farmers How to Get Started

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own farm or ranch business?  Starting January 17, a 12-session series, delivered in Spanish, will be available for beginning Latino farmers - to teach you all about learning how to start your own farm or ranch.

In this series, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs, you can meet other beginning and experienced farmers, go on farm tours, learn business basics, financial literacy, and production tips from experts! 

These workshops will take place on Saturdays in Crete, NE. Scholarships are available for participants!

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