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In 2019, an enormous influx of painted lady butterflies found their way to northeast Nebraska. They covered roadways, fields, and gardens. Driving through a kaleidoscope of painted ladies, sometimes...
  • Farm and Food
Many of us have seen the front page headlines detailing data breaches of huge corporations such as Twitter or Uber resulting in millions of dollars in settlements or fines. These examples of cyber...
  • Small Business
President-elect Joe Biden ran on a platform that promised to “Build Back Better” while also pledging to take the steps needed to address the harsh realities of a changing climate. For rural Americans, the level of investment required to secure the goals promised by the president-elect and his new team is long overdue.
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On Oct. 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). This rule follows an interim rule published on Nov. 12, 2019, for which the USDA sought public comment.
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We are deep in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this point, keeping track of the challenges we’ve faced is difficult. Everyone knows someone who has been ill with COVID-19. Too many know...
  • Farm and Food
Elected representatives in Nebraska will debate a host of issues during the 2021 legislative session, including budget and tax, economic development, energy and environment, family and economic...
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  • Small Towns
Our priority issues in Iowa include renewable energy and water quality. Relevant developments concerning priority legislation will be shared via email. Visit cfra.org/signup or email info@cfra.org for...
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It's official! The first day of 2021 is here (finally). What better way to kick it off than with a look at our most viewed post in 2020, authored by Anna Johnson in April. This piece takes a look at...
  • Farm and Food
In our second highest viewed post of 2020, we feature details on a new program for producers that opened up as part of COVID-19 relief. A second round opened up later in the summer, and a third round...
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Today, we share number three in our top five posts countdown, the first of our top blogs on the COVID-19 pandemic which has shaped 2020. This particular piece outlines food access, grocery stores, and...
  • Small Towns
The year in review countdown continues with a blog featuring two entrepreneurs who have worked to open a storefront business with the help of our loan specialists. Coming in at number four is a blog...
  • Small Business
Countdown time! With less than one week remaining in 2020, a recap is in order. While this year was more than ordinary, we are keeping at least one end-of-year tradition alive. Starting today through...
  • Small Towns
As they continue to face challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rural small businesses and communities with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program find...
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Nebraskans are fortunate to have ample access to natural resources. These resources have long supported agriculture in our state, and fairly recently have allowed for the expansion of our renewable...
  • Environment
Since its founding by the Center for Rural Affairs in 2017, the Nebraska Food Council has worked toward its mission to strengthen Nebraska’s economy and environment while fostering food security for...
  • Small Towns
With the dust settling from the 2020 election, questions about how the results will impact farm policy and the next farm bill have surfaced. One of the biggest changes is that formal leadership on...
  • Farm and Food
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we are often reminded to shop small as a way to support our small businesses. This year that message takes on a more important meaning as local entrepreneurs continue to face challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Small businesses, especially those in rural areas, are hurting and we need to make sure they are strong enough to make it through the pandemic and beyond.
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We are nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and cases in rural America are increasing at a rapid rate. The impacts vary greatly across rural states, yet per-capita infections are most extreme in communities occupied by meatpacking plants, predominantly in the Midwest, low-income African American communities in the Southeast, and Native Americans.
  • Small Towns
For almost 50 years, the Center for Rural Affairs has been a leading force in standing up for the family farmer and rancher, small business owner, and rural communities. We look forward to working...
  • Farm and Food
With the help of resources available through agencies, such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Seth Watkins has learned good things can happen when one starts to reduce their carbon...
  • Environment