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Farmers and ranchers interested in implementing conservation on their operations can get valuable technical and financial support from programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
Investing in soil health on the farm through implementation of conservation practices helps build resiliency in the face of our changing climate. These investments can range from in-field management practices to retiring marginal land in perennials or wetlands.
  • Farm and Food
Ask any beginning farmer or rancher about the greatest challenge to starting an operation, and the most common answer is access to land and operational assets.
  • Farm and Food
Small cities have been the backdrop of my entire life, on a technicality. While both Iowa and Minnesota classify incorporated municipalities as cities regardless of their population, my hometown—Marshalltown, Iowa—and the town where I went to college—St. Peter, Minnesota—may be cities in the eyes of their respective states, but, to me and the residents who live there, they are rural in nature.
  • Small Towns
Los mercados de agricultores en todo Nebraska ponen un poco de sazón a los meses de verano al ofrecer productos cultivados localmente, artículos hechos a mano, productos recién horneados, entretenimiento en vivo y más.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
Farmers markets throughout Nebraska spice up the summer months by offering locally grown produce, handcrafted items, freshly baked goods, live entertainment, and more.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
The Center for Rural Affairs has a long, proud history of providing financial assistance to rural Americans who would otherwise be unable to get traditional financing.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
The true spirit of hard work and helping others is demonstrated on a daily basis in rural communities.
  • Small Towns
From hair salons and restaurants to grocery and hardware stores, more than 80% of the state’s entrepreneurs operate a microbusiness. Their hard work helps keep our community strong and our Main Street alive.
  • Small Business
Iowa's fall harvest is underway, with some farmers reporting better yields than expected. But others are still worried about drought-related losses, and supporters of cover crops say the current conditions could be seen as an opportunity, both for a producer's land and the climate.
  • Farm and Food
Rural Americans with an eye for renewable energy recently received promising news—the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $464 million in solar, wind, and other renewable energy projects benefiting small businesses and farming operations.
  • Environment
This story was posted on the Wallaces Farmer website on Sept 27. Farmers interested in implementing conservation in their operations can get valuable technical and financial support from programs like...
  • Farm and Food
Because the Center’s not a bank, I occasionally get asked: “Why did you get into lending?” Or “Why would you risk lending to people that banks won’t lend to?”
  • Small Business
With school back in session, many Nebraska students will be fueled by fresh beef, fruits and vegetables sourced from local farms.
  • Farm and Food
A degree in general agriculture and a desire to explore his options brought Charles Shapiro from New York to Nebraska in 1975. His passion for the practice kept him here to further his education, and...
  • Small Towns
This May, the Nebraska Legislature passed Legislative Bill 324 (LB 324), making it easier for local livestock producers to sell directly to the consumer. The legislation was a huge win for producers...
  • Farm and Food
We need your support to develop coalitions of people who understand the challenges and realities of building a business, raising a family, and creating resilient communities in rural America. The...
  • Small Towns
For decades, the Center for Rural Affairs has reported on higher rates of poverty in rural areas. Landmark reports from the Center, including “Half a Glass of Water” and “Trampled Dreams” drew...
  • Small Towns
For Margaret Hogan of Earlville, Iowa, prioritizing conservation means sharing it with the next generation. A farmer and landowner who implements conservation practices, Margaret is also a science...
  • Farm and Food
Last week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to support small...
  • Small Business