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Community responsibility is an often cited virtue in small towns. It is a value rooted in a commitment to neighbor and community. We witnessed it in barn raisings of past generations and in volunteer...
  • Small Towns
Recently a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Halle Ramsey is off and running in her new career with the Center for Rural Affairs. As a business development specialist, Halle coordinates...
  • Small Towns
As a child, Megan Gewecke never missed an opportunity to help others in need. Her desire to assist people eventually led Megan down the mental health career path. She is now a licensed psychologist...
  • Small Business
With the national focus on the widespread impacts of the coronavirus, the normal order of things has been thrown in disarray. Annual appropriations for agricultural programs is no exception. However...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Growing up, Dusty VanRenan and Amanda Meier knew a thing or two about processing their own livestock. Amanda’s family raised cattle, sheep, hogs, and horses near Union, Nebraska, while Dusty’s family...
  • Small Towns
The Center for Rural Affairs joined 25 organizations in signing a letter on July 23 requesting members of the Nebraska Legislature to establish clear and enforceable COVID-19 temporary protections for...
  • Small Towns
Former and current Center for Rural Affairs staff members contributed to this blog. Paul Olson suffered a massive heart attack at age 31 and lived. “I thought, heck, I’ve got a lifetime ahead of me,”...
  • Small Towns
After a nearly four month recess due to COVID-19 concerns, the Nebraska Legislature reconvened its 2020 session on Monday. Lawmakers returned to the legislative chambers with several safety measures...
  • Environment
  • Small Towns
Businesses across Nebraska can now get help navigating challenges during the coronavirus pandemic through new online classes offered by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Small Business
Input from producers and a review of the market led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to add to and expand the list of commodities eligible for assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
  • Farm and Food
Las aportaciones de los productores y una revisión del mercado llevaron al Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) a agregar y ampliar la lista de productos elegibles para recibir asistencia bajo el Programa de Asistencia Alimentaria Coronavirus (CFAP).
  • Farm and Food
A bipartisan committee in the U.S. House of Representatives recently released a comprehensive plan outlining the policy steps needed to address climate change. The report, “Solving the Climate Crisis...
  • Environment
Nearly two years after voters approved a measure to expand Medicaid, Nebraskans will finally start to see the benefits take shape. Enrollment will begin on Aug. 1. Eligible applicants must have an...
  • Rural Health
The wind-energy industry has a strong presence in states such as Iowa. But for more projects to move forward, a new report says local governments and developers need to be diligent in sorting out zoning issues.
  • Environment
A long-time fan of the Center for Rural Affairs’ work, Patty Plugge has been an enthusiastic voice in rural matters well before actually partnering with the organization. And, because of her...
  • Small Business
The State of Nebraska is reopening the Small Business Stabilization Grant Program with expanded eligibility. Businesses who have 1 to 75 employees, lost revenue due to COVID-19, and withhold state...
  • Small Business
Ann Wolf not only leads a strong conservation nonprofit organization in Iowa, but also as a woman landowner, focusing on building her climate resiliency. Ann owns a 300-acre farm in Jackson County...
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
The death of George Floyd at the hands of police has ignited a movement. Floyd’s senseless and brutal death is yet another chapter in a long history of racism in our country. Demonstrations have...
  • Small Towns
Rural farmers markets play an important social and cultural role in addition to helping connect food providers and consumers. This spring, we’ve had the chance to talk one on one with dozens of market...
  • Small Towns
The Center for Rural Affairs pursues a mission to establish strong rural communities. We have been able to provide support for rural residents to start or expand existing businesses through grant...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business