Transmission and Teamwork

It’s one thing to talk about the importance of building clean energy transmission to meet the needs of local communities. It’s quite another to put those words into action. This year, the Center for Rural Affairs is doing just that.

We’ve teamed up with grassroots organizations throughout the Upper Midwest to better understand how to enable a new generation of wind projects in a way that works best for you. It’s our job to sit down with community members, work to understand their needs, and help answer their questions.

Corporate Farming Notes: GIPSA Rule

In March, the House of Representatives adopted a Senate-approved continuing resolution to fund federal spending through Sep 30, 2013. Unfortunately, two troubling legislative “riders” were included in the final legislation. The first sidestepped the 2008 Farm Bill provision that required the Secretary of Agriculture to write what is commonly called the GIPSA rule.

Land Link Sneak Peek

Working Small Dairy in Southeast Nebraska Seeks Successor: A Grade A dairy farm with 364 acres, a parlor and milk house, and various other outbuildings seeks a successor for the operation. The owners prefer to start with a full-time paid position to ensure a good fit for both parties. They would then sell the dairy to the employee. No on-farm housing is available at this time.

Conservation Stewardship Program Now Accepting Applications

On May 1, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced farmers and ranchers can now apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). It rewards producers for conservation practices on their working farm or ranchland. When Congress finalized this year’s funding bill, they restored money they accidently cut off in the bill passed last October.


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