Weekly Column

Community Inclusion: What's the Point?

A national conversation is focused on immigration reform. And with the significant demographic shift we have experienced, it’s time to talk about the value of inclusion in our towns.

With an influx of new Americans, we have real opportunities to embrace the changes that new folks create and also the knowledge that inclusive communities are stronger economically and socially. Inclusive communities attract new people, and research shows one of the reasons youth leave and don’t return is a lack of diversity.

Healthcare and You: A Few of Your Questions Answered

As October approaches, so does the beginning of the marketplaces for health insurance provided for in the Affordable Care Act. These new health coverage marketplaces are where you can purchase affordable insurance, and find out if you qualify for subsidies. Of course, we hear many questions about how all this will work. For example:

I know my income determines whether I receive subsidies for health insurance. Is that my income before or after taxes?

Get It Fresh at the South Sioux Farmers Market

August 4th – 10th is National Farmers Market Week. Farmers Markets are expanding to communities across the nation at an amazing rate. This year over 600 new farmers markets have been created nationally.

The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to announce that the South Sioux City Farmers Market is back for its second year of offering fresh produce, as well as some new attractions. 

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.

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