Clarity Comes to the Clean Water Act

We use gallons of it every day and can’t live without it. Clear, clean, fresh water. Many of us depend on usable surface water for drinking, irrigation, cleaning, or livestock. And we have the Clean Water Act to thank.

The Clean Water Act used to apply to all surface water in the United States until two decisions by the Supreme Court changed that. Confusion regarding the law’s enforcement has reigned ever since those court decisions in 2001 and 2006.

A Victory for Balanced Use of Public Land

What do you get when you put three western state legislators and a county commissioner in a room with some of the most powerful people in Washington, DC? A whole lot of smiles, handshakes, and some fast walking and serious advocacy.

Nelsons Receive Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Bling By Zing, a small custom rhinestone apparel and bling party business based in Papillion, Nebraska, earned Entrepreneur of the Year honors for its owners by the Center for Rural Affairs and REAP. Since 2011, David and Kimberly Nelson have been designing and producing high-quality custom bling designs and applying them to tshirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jeans, backpacks, headbands, dance and cheer uniforms, sports jerseys, mugs, helmets, car/store windows, and more!

Fewer Mid-Sized Farms in Operation

The Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that helps policymakers understand the agricultural landscape. Ultimately, it helps them design effective policy that responds to the challenges and opportunities identified. This is our second in a series of articles drilling down into the recently released 2012 Census of Agriculture’s preliminary report. Here we focus on mid-scale farms, as well as mid-age farms.