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Nebraskans are fortunate to have ample access to natural resources. These resources have long supported agriculture in our state, and fairly recently have allowed for the expansion of our renewable...
  • Environment
Since its founding by the Center for Rural Affairs in 2017, the Nebraska Food Council has worked toward its mission to strengthen Nebraska’s economy and environment while fostering food security for...
  • Small Towns
With the dust settling from the 2020 election, questions about how the results will impact farm policy and the next farm bill have surfaced. One of the biggest changes is that formal leadership on...
  • Farm and Food
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we are often reminded to shop small as a way to support our small businesses. This year that message takes on a more important meaning as local entrepreneurs continue to face challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Small businesses, especially those in rural areas, are hurting and we need to make sure they are strong enough to make it through the pandemic and beyond.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
We are nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and cases in rural America are increasing at a rapid rate. The impacts vary greatly across rural states, yet per-capita infections are most extreme in communities occupied by meatpacking plants, predominantly in the Midwest, low-income African American communities in the Southeast, and Native Americans.
  • Small Towns
For almost 50 years, the Center for Rural Affairs has been a leading force in standing up for the family farmer and rancher, small business owner, and rural communities. We look forward to working...
  • Farm and Food
With the help of resources available through agencies, such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Seth Watkins has learned good things can happen when one starts to reduce their carbon...
  • Environment
South Dakota is powered by renewables. In 2019, nearly 70 percent of all electricity generated in the state came from renewable sources. In contrast, renewable energy makes up only 16 percent of the...
  • Environment
Cover crops are a conservation practice used by many Iowa farmers, with benefits ranging from improving soil health to protecting water quality. Farmers who planted cover crops this fall without...
  • Farm and Food
Whether with co-workers or the community members she serves, Erin Schoenberg is at her best when she’s connecting with others. Since fall 2019, Erin has worked with the Center for Rural Affairs as a...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
Through Dec. 15, an anonymous donor will match all gifts, up to $12,000. That means your impact will be doubled, for example, your $50 gift automatically becomes $100. The money raised will assist...
  • Small Towns
Small businesses are counting on support from local shoppers this holiday season to stay in business and are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to keep customers and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Small Business
In spring 2020, we heard terrible stories of overburdened hospitals leading to preventable deaths in Italy. Soon after, these stories started to hit closer to home—New York City.
  • Rural Health
Many of us have heard about Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country, which falls on Nov. 28 this year. More than likely we have also...
  • Small Business
Iowa hasn't seen as much economic pain as some other states during the pandemic, but many residents and small businesses are still struggling.
  • Environment
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many events to be cancelled this year, but it does not take away the opportunity to shop local during the holiday season. Communities across the country have found...
  • Small Business
We all need levity during this time. So, when the folks at Jollyville Radio, a weekly sketch comedy podcast, contacted us, we jumped at the opportunity. Each week they feature an organization "that is...
  • Small Towns
Affordable housing plays an instrumental role in rural community vibrancy and local economic development. Homeownership increases family and community stability, supports local businesses, and boosts...
  • Small Towns
Iowa’s newly-elected Legislature is set to be sworn in for the 2021 session in January. While there will be some new faces in Des Moines, one thing is certain—Iowa’s water quality remains a key...
  • Environment
Who deserves farm payments? The Center for Rural Affairs has long maintained that farm payments should be reserved for family farms facing difficult times, but the government and taxpayers should not...
  • Farm and Food