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The Anti-Corporate Farming Phoenix

In what brings to mind the ashes-to-rebirth legend of the mythological Phoenix, statutes prohibiting corporate farming in North Dakota and meatpacker ownership of livestock in Nebraska are both fighting for survival.

The real story, however, might rest with the resurgence of political and popular support for these laws, in particular in states where the fighting has been white hot. 

Over the Top on Giving Tuesday with 12 Minutes to Spare!

Wow, $10,335 in one week. Newman’s Own Foundation matched $10,000 of that, so $20,335 was raised for the betterment of rural America. This is the most successful online fundraiser we’ve ever held, and that is only because of you, our supporters. We cannot express our gratitude and thanks enough.

We made it under the wire (12 minutes, to be exact). Trust us when we say we sincerely dislike overloading your inbox with fundraising emails. But we know you believe in our work and want to see our programs succeed.

Being Thankful for the Small Things

I don’t usually reflect much on the abundant amenities of where I live. Generally I take the wide open spaces, fresh air, breathtaking sunsets, and a million other things (all of which I deeply cherish) for granted.

But a recent post from Kelley Nuttle over at Rural Housewives, “Why I Love Western Kansas” reminded me of the many benefits that small town and rural living provide that are easy to overlook.

Rural Rockstar: Martin Kleinschmit is a Champion of Change

Nebraska farmer Martin Kleinschmit was among 12 people recognized as a Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack welcomed them to a White House ceremony on Oct 26, 2015. Martin has been a pioneer with many of his efforts to help fellow farmers care for their land and make use of renewable energy.

Martin was a Center for Rural Affairs project specialist for 17 years. He worked on beginning farmer issues, soil conservation, organic farming, renewable energy, and grazing management.

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