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Rural farms and ranches have a reciprocal relationship with their environment. Soil health, sufficient water, and proper temperatures all have a part in bringing crops or animals to fruition.
  • Environment
A recent report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reaffirms the importance of climate action in rural communities, calling on those communities to adapt to and mitigate climate impacts to preserve their own prosperity and protect food and energy security globally.
  • Environment
Conservation efforts can be rewarding for farmers and lead to healthier soil and increased yields. Many of these efforts are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
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 Randall Cass tiene en todo lo relacionado con las abejas lo ha ayudado a darse cuenta de lo afortunado que es de haber encontrado un puesto en la Universidad Estatal de Iowa (ISU),
  • Farm and Food
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.
  • Farm and Food
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.
  • Small Towns
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.
  • Small Towns
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.
  • Environment
  • Small Towns
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.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
Desde dirigir un negocio como pasatiempos de pastelería hasta ser dueña de un exitoso café, Lynsi Steed está viviendo su mejor vida y amando ser su propia jefa.
  • Small Business
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.
  • Small Business
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.
  • Farm and Food
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.
  • Farm and Food
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.
  • Farm and Food
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...
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
When Alexandra Henry moved to Nebraska from her home state of Colorado, she was disappointed in the quality of rental properties available...
  • Small Towns
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.
  • Small Business
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.
  • Farm and Food
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.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
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.
  • Small Towns