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When the opportunity to change her career path presented itself in a way that would allow Olga to see her family more, as well as work with them every day, she knew she found the right business.
  • Small Business
Robert Blake clearly has a passion for solar energy. A Tribal citizen of the Red Lake Nation, Robert's enthusiasm is fueled by what he sees as an immense opportunity for Native communities to reap...
  • Environment
A study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates between 2018 and 2020, close to 120,000 households in Nebraska faced food insecurity, which the agency defines as a lack of consistent...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
Federal working lands conservation programs play a significant role in a producer’s efforts to care for natural resources. Both the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are designed to target specific priority resource concerns, ensuring the conservation work done by farmers and ranchers has an impact where it’s needed most.
  • Environment
Dennis Demmel, presidente de la junta para el Centro piensa que el trabajo en zonas rurales de Estados Unidos como una inversión en un futuro sostenible con una fuerte economía rural.
  • Small Towns
Dennis Demmel, board president of the Center thinks of the Center's work in rural America as an investment in a sustainable future with a resilient rural economy.
  • Small Towns
Since getting into farming, Tricey Chea has developed a special interest in growing flowers and herbs. Her interest and growing knowledge of farming led her to apply to the 2022 Center for Rural Affairs Beginning Farmer Conservation Fellowship Program.
  • Farm and Food
During tax season, some people find themselves overwhelmed about knowing which forms to use or how to calculate things correctly, but María Dávila is always ready to help.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Durante la temporada de impuestos, algunas personas se sienten abrumadas por saber qué formularios usar o cómo calcular los números correctamente, pero María Dávila siempre esta lista para ayudar.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
The number of Americans using telehealth services surged during the COVID-19 pandemic.National Medicare telehealth visits, for example, increased from 840,000 in 2019 to almost 53 million in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately, Nebraska experienced a lower level of growth.
  • Rural Health
  • Small Towns
The Center for Rural Affairs is launching collaborative work spaces on Nebraska Indian Community College campuses in Macy and Santee for making, learning, exploring and sharing. The "Makerspaces" will include traditional, low-tech tools, and also significant investments in cutting-edge technologies.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
This holiday season, pitching in to support a small business may be easier than you think. Many small towns are proud to feature a vibrant main street, and rightfully so. Busy storefronts are a sign of activity and growth. They also indicate strong community support.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
En esta temporada navideña, colaborar para apoyar a un pequeño negocio puede ser más fácil de lo que se piensa. Aquí están algunos consejos en como brindar su apoyo.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Hay una frescura innegable en el aire. Y para algunos de nosotros, puede haber algo crujiente en el horno mientras nos preparamos para reunirnos con nuestros seres queridos y dar gracias alrededor de una mesa compartida. Esta época del año está llena de reflexión sobre los meses pasados y anticipación de lo que está por venir.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
There’s an undeniable crisp in the air. And for some of us, there may be a crisp in the oven as we prepare to gather with loved ones and give thanks around a shared table. This time of year is ripe with reflection of months past and anticipation of what’s ahead.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Rural advocacy groups in Iowa have released their priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill, which is already being discussed in Washington, D.C. The Center for Rural Affairs has spent months gathering input from Iowa farmers, which the group wants lawmakers to consider.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Kelly has worked as a gardener and garden educator from west coast to the east coast and her passion for conservation continues.
  • Farm and Food
Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. As they contemplate what’s next on their career path, the answer may lie in a rural community. Returning veterans are a perfect fit for the next generation of rural small business owners, farmers or ranchers. Some, however, face challenges, including difficulty accessing capital and acquiring training.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
For the English version, click here. Navegar por el camino para convertirse en agricultor es un desafío. Esto es cierto para cualquier principiante, sin embargo, comenzar un negocio agrícola exitoso...
  • Farm and Food
Navigating the path to becoming a farmer is challenging. This is true for any beginner, however, starting a successful agricultural business is especially difficult for historically underserved producers, who often face additional barriers to resources.
  • Farm and Food