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South Dakota is powered by renewables. In 2019, nearly 70 percent of all electricity generated in the state came from renewable sources. In contrast, renewable energy makes up only 16 percent of the...
  • Environment
Update: the deadline to apply for this program has been extended to January 27, 2021. For more information, click here. Cover crops are a conservation practice used by many Iowa farmers, with benefits...
  • Farm and Food
Whether with co-workers or the community members she serves, Erin Schoenberg is at her best when she’s connecting with others. Since fall 2019, Erin has worked with the Center for Rural Affairs as a...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
Through Dec. 15, an anonymous donor will match all gifts, up to $12,000. That means your impact will be doubled, for example, your $50 gift automatically becomes $100. The money raised will assist...
  • Small Towns
Small businesses are counting on support from local shoppers this holiday season to stay in business and are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to keep customers and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Small Business
In spring 2020, we heard terrible stories of overburdened hospitals leading to preventable deaths in Italy. Soon after, these stories started to hit closer to home—New York City.
  • Rural Health
Many of us have heard about Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country, which falls on Nov. 28 this year. More than likely we have also...
  • Small Business
Iowa hasn't seen as much economic pain as some other states during the pandemic, but many residents and small businesses are still struggling.
  • Environment
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many events to be cancelled this year, but it does not take away the opportunity to shop local during the holiday season. Communities across the country have found...
  • Small Business
We all need levity during this time. So, when the folks at Jollyville Radio, a weekly sketch comedy podcast, contacted us, we jumped at the opportunity. Each week they feature an organization "that is...
  • Small Towns
Affordable housing plays an instrumental role in rural community vibrancy and local economic development. Homeownership increases family and community stability, supports local businesses, and boosts...
  • Small Towns
Iowa’s newly-elected Legislature is set to be sworn in for the 2021 session in January. While there will be some new faces in Des Moines, one thing is certain—Iowa’s water quality remains a key...
  • Environment
Who deserves farm payments? The Center for Rural Affairs has long maintained that farm payments should be reserved for family farms facing difficult times, but the government and taxpayers should not...
  • Farm and Food
At a time when public health is front-and-center in the dialogue about COVID-19, the need for an investment of $1.37 billion in Iowa’s natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities could not be more clear.
  • Environment
Rural businesses and communities have been waiting for Congress to pass a second stimulus package for months. With Election Day behind us, Congress should not delay in passing another stimulus bill. Two bipartisan proposed bills should be included, because they offer common-sense solutions to help rural economies weather the pandemic.
  • Small Towns
With a crazy 2020 almost on the books, let’s take a look at the opportunities your business has had available and what you need to do to cross the finish line on Dec. 31.
  • Small Business
For those who have served in the military, agriculture can be a rewarding next move. Veterans who have gotten involved with farming after having served in the military have found possibilities they...
  • Farm and Food
One of the Center for Rural Affairs’ many goals is to provide resources to women farmers. Through that work, the Center has been able to offer scholarships to women farmers, some who used that...
  • Farm and Food
“The less work you do today, the more work there is for the future.” It’s a lesson Tim Wallinger learned when he was a boy on his father’s farm, heading out to chop thistles whether he wanted to or not.
  • Farm and Food
Last week, a new round of grants was made available to help businesses and individuals in Nebraska cope with the effects of COVID-19. The application period ends on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. CT. Applications...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns