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Recent posts by Casey Francis

Recap of Nebraska Legislative Hearing on LB 176 or the Grease the Skids for Corporate Hog Production Bill

A bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature, LB 176, would remove the restriction on meat packing corporations owning hogs in Nebraska. This intends to grease the skids for corporate hog production. A hearing on the bill was held on February 11. We live-tweeted it, so you could be in the know.

Expressing Love for Rural America

Working for a stronger rural America (or working on behalf of any nonprofit cause) means that we often focus on what needs fixing. However, we don't want our staff or supporters losing sight of why the Center for Rural Affairs exists. You support the Center and we work here for one simple reason: We love rural America.

Apply today: Conference scholarships for humane livestock producers!

We heard this week from Lisa Isenhart of Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). She told us about their conference scholarship program for humane livestock and poultry producers. FACT will award scholarships for livestock and poultry farmers to attend select sustainable agriculture or humane farming conferences as funding allows in 2015.

Renewable Energy Pioneers in Action

From cost-conscious manufacturers to organic farmers, the innovative and can-do spirit of the Midwest has everyday people and their businesses addressing climate change and integrating renewable energy in the Midwest! Explore the map below to learn about some of these interesting and impactful people and efforts.

Midwest Week of Action Builds Awareness About Climate Change

The Center is joining organizations from across the Midwest for a regional week of action, in order to build awareness for the Clean Power Plan, and encourage rural residents to voice their support for limits on carbon pollution from our nations power plants. The Clean Power Plan proposal isn't just about cutting carbon, it will encourage more investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, which are both great ways to save money, and spark economic development.