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This fall the Center for Rural Affairs will partner with the Nebraska Indian Community College to bring together farmers, community members, students, and instructors to raise awareness of, monitor...
  • Environment
School Name: Aurora Public School School Address: 300 L St, Aurora, NE 68818 Who is on your school’s internal Farm to School team? Food Service Director, Denise Bone who is beginning to partner with...
  • Small Towns
For many of the rural communities along one of the nation’s scenic byways, byway marketing is the only avenue available to them for showcasing the unique tourism offerings in their area. These might be an annual festival, distinctive natural resource, remarkable small museum, or quaint mom-and-pop lodging and dining options.
  • Small Towns
In August, individuals representing every county in Arizona descended on Clarkdale, Arizona, for the 9th Annual Arizona Rural Policy Forum. The forum connects rural economic development specialists, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, and other folks interested in sustaining small towns and rural communities.
  • Small Towns
During the 2-year debate on expanding Medicaid to low-income people without health insurance here in Nebraska, a major anti-Medicaid argument was that it doesn’t provide quality coverage for health care needs, and low-income residents would be better off uninsured.
  • Rural Health
You have arrived at the 6th report in our countdown of Top 10 Rural Research Reports for a #tbt (Throwback Thursday) feature. Undoubtedly, there is a country song in this week's topics. The young move out. The old stay put. We get poorer. The brightest spot? New immigrants arrive.
  • Small Towns
School Name: Overton School School Address: 401 7th St, Overton, NE 68863 Who is on your school’s internal Farm to School team? Food Service Director, Science teacher, Shop teacher/FFA Advisor, and...
  • Small Towns
School Name: Bancroft-Rosalie Community School School Address: 708 Main St., Bancroft, NE 68004 Who is on your school’s internal Farm to School team? Superintendent, Food Service Director and staff...
  • Small Towns
If you’ve been paying attention to the Center for Rural Affairs’ work with Native American communities, you know a grassroots movement for food sovereignty is underway.
  • Small Towns
We clipped this ad from the local paper. This outfit seeks to “acquire” 5,000 acres of farmland in our home county. That will cost them nearly $50 million. They own 1,900 acres in the county now, and...
  • Farm and Food
Water is a necessity for all living things. We have a responsibility to act as good stewards of our water, now and for future generations.
  • Environment
It started out as a complex question. With more than 6 million beef cattle raised in Nebraska, and agriculture’s hold as the state’s top industry, why are Nebraska’s students not served local beef on their lunch trays?
  • Small Towns
Nitrates in drinking water can be hazardous to the health of pregnant women, nursing mothers, infant children, and the elderly. Methemoglobinemia, or “blue baby” disease, is a significant concern...
  • Environment
It's week 4 of our Letterman-style countdown of Top 10 Rural Research Reports from the Center for Rural Affairs. This #tbt Throwback Thursday post looks at the report that kicked off our health care reform advocacy.
  • Rural Health
Previously we focused on public policy to increase wages and income, provide enhanced tax benefits, and create partnerships and incentives to develop more skilled, high-paid jobs. Here are four more ways to address income inequality on the rural Great Plains.
  • Small Towns
This week our Throwback Thursday - #tbt - Top 10 Rural Research Reports rundown focuses on our health care research. We're nerdishly modest, but it's no exaggeration to say we were among the first rural organizations to focus on health care.
  • Rural Health
In a previous article, I discussed the existence of major income inequality on the rural Great Plains. Data show that rates of income inequality are high in rural counties of the Great Plains region, and generally significantly higher than urban areas of the region, particularly compared to suburban areas of the major cities of the region.
  • Rural Health
School Name: Fremont Community Learning Centers – Afterschool Programs Washington Elementary Linden Elementary Milliken Park Elementary School Address: Main Street Education and Administration Center...
  • Small Towns
School Name: Lyons-Decatur Northeast School Address: PO Box 526 400 S. 5th Street, Lyons, NE 68038 Number of Students: 240 How many schools are in your district? Lyons-Decatur Northeast is a pre-K...
  • Small Towns
The programs of Women’s Business Centers (WBC) are built around the goals of women entrepreneurs. WBCs help women succeed in business by providing business training, mentoring, and access to capital to nearly 200,000 entrepreneurs annually.
  • Small Business