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Scorching temperatures with little rain might not prompt public fears about flooding, but that isn't stopping leaders in northeastern Iowa from preparing for the next deluge.
  • Environment
Acknowledging the importance of community participation in collecting broadband data, the Nebraska Regional Officials Council (NROC) is asking individuals living in Nebraska and Pottawattamie and...
  • Small Towns
Small business entrepreneurship is a key source of job creation for rural counties. These businesses generate economic activity that can multiply throughout the community.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
On Wednesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law House File 857, which will provide assistance to new and existing small meat processors across the state. Center for Rural Affairs staff were in attendance, and applauded the bill’s commitment to Iowa’s small processors.
  • Farm and Food
Allen Chlopek has spent his career so far supporting rural America, and, in his newest venture, he wants to continue that trend and make people’s homeownership and business dreams come true. Recently...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
In the years since, the Savilles have continued to grow their business, Spiritus Vitae Botanicals, as well as the amount of land they have put into production. They had to relocate their farm several times over the years, but they were not deterred—until now.
  • Farm and Food
Homeownership remains out of reach for many hard-working Nebraska families because of stagnant wages and lack of access to traditional mortgages.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
When a long-time Laurel business went on the market and no one was buying, Roger Myers took it upon himself to make sure the town didn’t lose one of its beloved establishments. In November 2020, he bought Floral Footprints, and has successfully run it since.
  • Small Business
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for strengthening vulnerable agricultural supply chains and encouraging production here at home.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
Great accomplishments often require a cooperative effort. At Litchfield Public Schools, in Litchfield, Nebraska, staff and students have come together over the past school year to grow great success in their greenhouse program, and they have received statewide recognition for their hard work.
  • Farm and Food
Last week, the first session of the 107th Legislature of the State of Nebraska came to an early conclusion. The rural priority bills supported by the Center this year saw tremendous success.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
With a nearly-unanimous vote last month, the Nebraska Legislature retained and improved one of the only incentives available to businesses of five or fewer employees. After a year when many small...
  • Small Business
On Feb. 24, President Joe Biden signed an executive order on resilient supply chains. As a part of this order, the President called for the advancement of agriculture supply chains that are less...
  • Farm and Food
For the past decade, area restaurants have featured some of the finest quality organic heirloom vegetables on their menus thanks to Squeaky Green Organics. Brian and Suzanne Kliewer own and operate...
  • Small Business
Black Hills Energy customers will no longer find solar a financially feasible option to cut their energy costs if a proposed tariff on renewable energy generation is approved. In an application submitted to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, the company is asking to implement a “buy all, sell all’’ tariff on new customers who generate their own renewable energy.
  • Environment
During this school year, students at Nebraska Christian Schools in Central City have been eating fresh, delicious vegetables in their school lunches—vegetables they grew themselves in their school greenhouse.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
Leaders are the life-blood of small towns and rural communities. The success or failure of community development efforts often rests with the degree of leadership local residents are willing to...
  • Small Towns
When the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, many business owners figured out new, innovative ways to draw in potential customers. One of the alternative methods to face-to-face interaction is the use...
  • Small Business
Entrepreneurs in southeast Nebraska looking to grow their businesses, find access to capital, learn new technical skills, and more, are in good hands. Sam Tulp, the Center for Rural Affairs’ newest...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Four months and seven days. That’s how long the 2021 Iowa legislative session lasted. Lawmakers completed their business and adjourned Wednesday night just before midnight.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food