Weekly Column

Farm Tours Take Latino Entrepreneurs to Diversified Farms in Central Nebraska

For the second time this summer, the Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a day of farm tours as part of their Beginning Latino Farmer Program. 

These tours will expose participants to a wider range of farming possibilities. In June we visited several diversified farms; saw poultry, cattle, hogs, vegetables, and a farmers’ market. This time, we’ll visit sheep and goat farms and learn about extending the vegetable-growing season with hoop houses.

Fresh Food and Opportunity at Your Local Farmers Market

August 4th – 10th is National Farmers Market Week. Farmers Markets are expanding to communities across the nation at an amazing rate. Since 1994, the number of farmers markets in the USDA National Farmers Market Directory has more than quadrupled. Last year the number of farmers markets reached 7,864 and this year that number will most likely top 8,000 by a considerable margin when the results of the annual Directory update are announced this week as a part of the USDA celebration of National Farmers Market Week.

New Developments for Transmission Project

An important energy transmission project in Iowa will be the subject of several public meetings. The Sheldon-Webster transmission project is a 215 mile transmission line, with 145 miles located in Iowa (running through Kossuth, Winnebago, and Worth counties). This project will help increase energy capacity and reliability of the grid throughout the Midwest. A notable opportunity that the project provides is to link renewable energy projects to larger markets.

New Developments for South Dakota Transmission Project

An important energy transmission project in South Dakota is moving on to the next step in its development, and the public will receive an opportunity to comment on the project. The Big Stone South to Brookings county transmission project is comprised of a 70 mile line that is slated to run from Brookings county to the Big Stone South substation near Big Stone City. 

New Developments for Transmission Project in Minnesota

An important energy transmission project in Minnesota will be the subject of several public meetings. The Sheldon-Webster transmission project is a 215 mile transmission line, with 70 miles of the line in Minnesota and 145 miles located in Iowa, and will run through Martin, Jackson, and Faribault counties. This project will help increase energy capacity and reliability of the grid throughout the Midwest. A notable opportunity that the project provides is to link renewable energy projects to larger markets.

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