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No Progress on Farm Payment Limit Reform

On Dec 17, 2015, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their final rule to define what it means to be actively engaged in farming, and therefore eligible to receive federal farm payments. The final rule made no progress from the proposed rule issued last May. It not only ensures access to unlimited farm program payments for the majority of the largest farms in the country, it goes one step further by writing loopholes directly into regulation.

Center Comments on the Clean Energy Incentive Program

We applaud the effort in the Clean Energy Incentive Program to reinforce the critical role of renewable energy in the Clean Power Plan and in our communities, especially by prioritizing low-income energy efficiency investments. The program incentivizes early investments and puts the wellbeing of people and communities first. This is an important component of a landmark regulation.

Rural Food Business Growth: A Tool for Rural Vibrancy

Have you heard about the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Food Business Growth Project aimed at 5 counties in northeast Nebraska? What exactly does it mean? We invite you to dream with us on a food system vision.

You may ask, “Aren’t we already doing our part to feed the world?” I challenge this idea, when we import produce and meats from other states to the grocery stores where most of us purchase food.

The Best Present is Your Presence

After 13 years of living in the same house, my family and I recently packed up all our belongings and moved a few miles down the road to the family farm where my husband was born and raised. 

It was a bittersweet move as that was our “home” for a long time. It’s where my husband proposed to me, where all three of our children have been born and raised, and where we became a family and made many memories. 

But we are very excited and look forward to making new memories on the home place. Another thing I look forward to in our new home is having less. Yes, I said LESS. 

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