Center News Releases

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Release Date Contact(s)
05/23/2016 Nebraska’s Beginning Farm & Ranch Opportunity Tour set to Launch - Center for Rural Affairs hosts Summer Tour series to help beginning Latino farmers - Tour series delivered in Spanish

Lucia Schulz, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone:  (402) 750-5727
Or John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010



05/25/2016 Santee Sioux Nation Art Show & Community Market Launching June 4 Authentic Native American buffalo bone carving, jewelry, bead work and much more

Wyatt Fraas,, Phone: (402) 254-6893
Or Kristine Flyinghawk, Market Manager, Phone: (402) 404-6950

05/12/2016 Respect and Restore: Reassessing Local Wind Energy Standards - Center for Rural Affairs examines making local wind energy ordinances work for landowners and communities

Lu Nelsen,, (402) 687-2103 ext 1017
or John Crabtree,, (402) 687-2103 ext 1010

04/29/2016 $44 Million Available for Ag Producers and Food Entrepreneurs to Develop New Products - Outreach Webinar Available May 6 to Assist Applicants

Traci Bruckner,, Center for Rural Affairs, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1016
or Elisha Smith,, Center for Rural Affairs, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

04/22/2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Coming this June - Center for Rural Affairs joins National Leaders and Local Food Advocates at the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference - Registration Ends May 16

Sarah Smith,, Phone: (402) 783-1183

04/15/2016 Women Farmer and Landowner Learning Circle at Robinette Farms - women farmers and aspiring farmers welcome

Kirstin Bailey,, Phone: (402) 367-8989
or Elisha Smith,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

04/0/2016 Iowa Ag, Business, Faith Leaders Host Forum on Faith, Climate Change, & Ag Forum - Sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action to be held in Orange City

Stephanie Enloe,, 563-875-0066
or John Crabtree,, (402) 687-2103 ext 1010

04/12/2016 New Bilingual Service Coming to McCook and Red Willow County - Center for Rural Affairs REAP expands services in addition to providing financing, training, and technical assistance for small businesses

Nancy Flock,, Phone: (308) 534-3508
or Elisha Smith,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007


04/01/2016 Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative Leads the Way on Utility Solar - Center for Rural Affairs applauds Announcement

Stephanie Enloe,, Office Phone: (563) 875-0066

03/31/2016 REAP will facilitate Computer Classes in Fremont - Free Workshop Conducted in Spanish

Juan E. Sandoval,,  REAP Hispanic Business Center Director, Phone: (402) 371-7786

03/29/2016 Unicameral rejects LB 1032 - Center for Rural Affairs calls failure to close health coverage gap “unconscionable”

Traci Bruckner,, (402) 360-2109;
or Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1032
or John Crabtree,, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010

03/29/2016 Connecting Nebraska Specialty Crop Farmers to Schools - Center for Rural Affairs Offers training for school food service staff and farmers

Sarah Smith, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 783-1183
or Elisha Smith, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

03/24/2016 April REAP Office Hours in Ogallala - Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Services Discussed

Nancy Flock,, REAP Loan Specialist, Phone: (308) 534-3508

03/23/2016 Crop Insurance Subsidies impact Land Costs

Traci Bruckner,, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1016 or (402) 360-2109 (cellular)
John Crabtree,, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010 or (563) 581-2867 (cellular)

03/10/2016 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Recognized - Center for Rural Affairs presents prestigious award to Axtell Business Woman

Monica Braun,, Center for Rural Affairs, Phone: (402) 643-2673
or Elisha Smith,, Center for Rural Affairs, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007