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To view a version of this in English, please click here. Desde un trabajo de verano en la escuela secundaria en Idaho hasta una carrera de toda la vida en Iowa, el entusiasmo y la experiencia que...
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From a high school summer job in Idaho to a lifelong career in Iowa, the enthusiasm and experience Randall Cass has in all things bee-related has helped him realize how fortunate he is to have found a position at Iowa State University (ISU), where his job as a bee extension specialist lets him to do both research and extension.
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Desde su comunidad hasta su carrera, su familia y más allá, Brissa Borjas Esparza se esfuerza por retribuir y tratar a los demás con amabilidad y con un corazón abierto.
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From her community to her career to her family and beyond, Brissa Borjas Esparza strives to give back and treat others with kindness and an open heart.
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With the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure law last November—a $1.3 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure—major funding is now available to rural communities.
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Kayla Bergman, policy manager for the Center for Rural Affairs, joined members of the RE-AMP Network’s Agriculture Hub Project Team, in releasing a report focused on the nexus of climate change and agriculture in the Midwest.
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From running a pastry hobby business to owning a successful coffee shop, Lynsi Steed is living her best life and loving being her own boss.
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Large or small, all farms and ranches are important to our country’s agriculture sector. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture.
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Grandes o pequeñas, todas las fincas y ranchos son importantes para el sector agrícola de nuestro país. Cada cinco años, el Servicio Nacional de Estadísticas Agrícolas (NASS) del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. realiza el Censo de Agricultura. El objetivo es obtener un recuento completo de las granjas y ranchos estadounidenses y las personas que los operan.
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More than half of the farmland in the U.S. is owned or co-owned by women. In Nebraska, women own or co-own 42% of farmland.
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We’re two weeks past the 100-day mark, and there is no clear end to the legislative session in sight. Last week, the House and Senate conducted limited business, wrapping up their work on Tuesday...
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When Alexandra Henry moved to Nebraska from her home state of Colorado, she was disappointed in the quality of rental properties available, and she felt the pet policies most rentals came with added an unnecessary expense. “I found that most properties in Nebraska don’t allow pets, and if they do, they have a lot of issues that homeowners and landlords don’t fix,” she said. “I had always had dogs for protection as a young woman, and I refused to change that. So, I ended up renting places that were falling apart and fixing most things myself because they were health and safety concerns.”
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A mechanic and used car dealer just bought their business building thanks to a loan from the Center for Rural Affairs. This business owner, a new immigrant, has worked for years out of the building he purchased, providing an essential service to his adopted community and earning an income for his family.
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A recent bipartisan survey of 501 Nebraska voters, conducted by New Bridge Strategy, revealed that 97% of participants, both rural and urban, support voluntary conservation and the benefits it provides, specifically conserving working farms and ranches.
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The Center for Rural Affairs recently shared program funding recommendations with members of Congress as part of the annual appropriations process. Federal legislators consider these recommendations as they allocate discretionary dollars to a variety of programs, including those that support rural communities.
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Summer nights around a campfire under the stars, the taste of homemade pancakes in the morning, and the smell of pine trees along the trail while walking with new friends to the biggest zipline imaginable—the folks at Rabble Mill believe every young person deserves to experience these things, and more.
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Farm to School continues to grow in Nebraska. In 2021, the state Legislature approved the Adopt the Farm-to-School Program Act to reserve state funding to make new and existing farm to school projects a priority for the Nebraska Department of Education. These new programs include assisting nutrition directors with local food procurement and enhancing the agriculture education of students.
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El 20 de abril finalizó la segunda sesión de la Legislatura 107 del Estado de Nebraska. El Centro jugó un papel decisivo en la aprobación de tres proyectos de ley este año y ayudó a abogar por muchos temas que preocupan a las comunidades rurales.
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On April 20, the second session of the 107th Legislature of the State of Nebraska came to a close. The Center was instrumental in passing three bills this year and helped advocate for many issues that rural communities care about.
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Registration is open for the Empowerment for Latina Women in Business Conference, set for May 3 in South Sioux City.
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