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The effects of climate change are laid out in a new United Nations report, which pointed to greenhouse gas emissions. While global leaders address broader issues, local efforts continue to protect natural resources, including giving farmers an easier path to conservation resources.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
Nebraska businesses with no more than five employees now can apply for up to $20,000 in tax credits. Johnathan Hladik, policy director at the Center for Rural Affairs, said because funds are limited, now is the time to get in line for the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Farmers and ranchers interested in working-lands conservation often have a vision for their operation that includes the well-being of both the environment and the commodities they produce. What’s...
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
La Administración de Pequeños Negocios (SBA por sus siglas en inglés) tiene dos opciones disponibles para los prestatarios que deseen solicitar el perdón del préstamo del Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago (PPP por sus siglas en inglés).
  • Small Business
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has two options available for borrowers seeking forgiveness on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.
  • Small Business
Do you have a great idea for a business? Or already own a business and are looking for ways to take it to the next level? A loan could provide the extra boost your small business needs. However...
  • Small Business
Mark Villagrana always wanted to run his own business, and when the opportunity presented itself to open Sweet V’s, he got his entire family to join the adventure with him.
  • Small Business
Many producers know that conservation helps keep their ranches and farms resilient. However, the path to adopting sound environmental practices might not be clear for farmers and ranchers new to...
  • Farm and Food
In Macy, Nebraska, fresh produce is abundant. Especially in a 7-acre garden next to the school football field. In a joint effort among the UMÓⁿHOⁿ (Omaha) Nation Public School, the Jobs for American...
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  • Small Towns
When conventional food supply chains had difficulties adapting at the start of the pandemic, farmers markets and local food systems clearly displayed the resiliency of short supply chains as interest...
  • Small Towns
Alma Sagastume sabe un par de cosas acerca de cómo administrar un negocio. Durante años, dirigió su propia tienda en Guatemala antes de mudarse a Nebraska, donde ha sido propietaria de My 15 City por casi una década.
  • Small Business
Living in a larger community meant Megan Zoucha and her husband, Will, were used to having certain amenities nearby. While they appreciated the convenience, they opted to move to Fullerton, Nebraska, to enjoy the slow pace of rural living.
  • Small Business
Alma Sagastume knows a thing or two about running a business. For years, she ran her own shop in Guatemala before moving to Nebraska, where she has owned and operated My 15 City for the better part of a decade.
  • Small Business
Dennis Demmel of Ogallala, Nebraska, has been intrigued by the Center for Rural Affairs since its inception in 1974.
  • Small Towns
Small business development is important in rural areas of our nation, where access to employment opportunities are limited and where jobs pay less. However, the Office of Rural Affairs within the U.S...
  • Small Business
In recent days, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations approved a draft bill to fund various government programs in fiscal year 2022. The bill was prepared by the committee’s Agriculture, Rural...
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Teresa Tietz is no stranger to any of the crucial tasks that make a business tick. Two decades of experience left her familiar with accounts payable, payroll, donations, and daily office operations, and she’s ready to take on her newest role as an accounting and office assistant with the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Small Towns
With demand for local foods growing steadily over the past 16 months, livestock producers and the processors they depend on have done all they can to keep up. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed. As...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
From operating a food truck to opening a carry-out and delivery restaurant, Sonephet Manivong has spent the past decade working to make his entrepreneurial endeavors come to life.
  • Small Business
Many of us have strong memories of those who came before us, and of the stories of how our families became what they are today.
  • Small Towns