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This year’s legislative session in Iowa was unprecedented. Taking place in two separate parts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state lawmakers adjourned for the final time this year on June 14. The final...
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We have access to daily reports from public health officials about best practices and current health directives; however, attempting to fully comprehend the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic is difficult for everyone.
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Bayer settles Roundup suits Bayer, maker of the widely used herbicide Roundup, will pay $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of claims filed by consumers alleging a link between their use of...
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For more than a decade, the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, in Columbus, Nebraska, have enjoyed a productive partnership...
  • Small Business
Para los agricultores que sufrieron una reducción de precio o no pudieron vender sus cultivos o ganado debido al COVID-19, el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) actualmente está aceptando aplicaciones para el Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
  • Farm and Food
A recently introduced piece of legislation into the U.S. Senate is a positive step forward in addressing climate change in rural areas. The Growing Climate Solutions Act, intended to establish a...
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Too many times, rural Iowans have been the farmers, homeowners, and small business owners who waded the high flood waters to salvage what they could after record-breaking floods. They have been the...
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A nation of immigrants, the United States has a proud history of being a multicultural nation for all of those looking for a fresh start, new opportunities, and a place to build their dreams.
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La pandemia COVID-19 ha estimulado el desarrollo de nuevos servicios, lo que significa que algunos agricultores y productores pueden estar interactuando por primera vez con las agencias del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en Inglés).
  • Farm and Food
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the development of new services, which means some farmers and producers may be interacting with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies for the first time.
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When COVID-19 started to ravage the economy, Congress stepped in to help. The quick action was warranted, but it left little time for thorough review. Signed into law on June 5, the Payment Protection...
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In 2019, the U.S. reached a landmark in its wind energy capacity when 100 gigawatts — or enough to provide electricity for about 32 million homes — were produced, according to a report from the...
  • Environment
When you say yes to something new, you don’t always know what you’re getting into. And, a new adventure can often be the best medicine.
  • Small Towns
For the past 14 years, Tina Biteghe Bi Ndong has witnessed the work the Center for Rural Affairs has done with the West Point, Nebraska, community. As the executive director of the West Point Chamber...
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The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) from producers who have experienced a price decrease, or were unable to market their crops or livestock due to COVID-19.
  • Farm and Food
UPDATE Tuesday, June 16: The application process for Small Business Stabilization Grants for Livestock Producers has been paused until Monday, June 22. Applications will not be accepted during this...
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Wiping out the last five years of solar job growth, the COVID-19 pandemic has reset total employment in the U.S. solar industry back to 2014 levels. As recently as 2019, the solar industry employed...
  • Environment
For almost two decades, Luis Salinas and his brothers Jose and Cristobal Salinas have been serving up fan favorites at their restaurant, Burrito House, in Schuyler, Nebraska.
  • Small Business
Northeast Nebraska and nonprofit organizations—Shelby Ostrand is a fan of both, and a stranger to neither. Recently hired as the Center for Rural Affairs’ marketing and communications associate...
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Mark Tjelmeland’s interest in conservation can be traced back to his childhood when his mother taught him about topsoil, subsoil, and why topsoil depth differed between locations on his family’s farm...
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