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A quality learning experience came from a winter night at the movies with a room full of new friends. Together with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bee Lab, the Center for Rural Affairs was honored...
  • Farm and Food
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a long-promised rule that has the potential to bring greater fairness to livestock and poultry production. As part of the release, public...
  • Farm and Food
My hometown of Lexington, Nebraska, is beautifully diverse. We work side by side with various cultures every day from the bank tellers to the certified nursing assistants at our clinic. We see the...
  • Small Towns
In December 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new rule for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This rule acts as the blueprint for how the program will...
  • Farm and Food
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is trying to build support for a 1-cent sales-tax increase that would help fund conservation programs. It's a tough sell in the Legislature, but some groups are throwing their support behind the plan.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
We all want to be better stewards of the land. A great place to start is by forming new relationships with local farmers and partners at gatherings and conferences. Annually, the Center for Rural...
  • Farm and Food
Farmers and ranchers interested in expanding conservation on their operations should be aware of two quickly approaching deadlines. New applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program...
  • Farm and Food
Local citizens deserve a chance to be fully informed and weigh in on proposed development in their communities. Senate Bill 157, brought at the request of Gov. Noem and advanced in the Senate, erodes...
  • Small Towns
Last week was the first funnel deadline in the Legislature, which means bills must have moved from House and Senate committees to the full floor for debate or they cannot move forward this session...
  • Small Towns
Today is Day 26 (of 37) of South Dakota’s Legislative Session. The Legislative session is heating up as “crossover” day is this week, meaning bills must pass out of their house of origin. All bills...
  • Environment
Details on President Trump’s 2021 budget plan were released recently and, as it has in the past, this administration continues to put forth proposals that undercut rural communities. Among the...
  • Farm and Food
Today is day 30 of the Nebraska Legislative session. We have hit the half-way mark in the “short,” 60 day session. The Legislature is tentatively scheduled to adjourn on April 23, 2020. Hearings for...
  • Small Towns
Driving two hours for routine health care check-ups may seem absurd to most people, but for those living in small, rural communities throughout the U.S., this is their reality. With the nearest...
  • Rural Health
  • Small Towns
According to a 2019 survey conducted by the Center for Rural Affairs in Iowa, 91 percent of rural Iowans are “very or extremely concerned” by climate change affecting their lives. Of those individuals...
  • Environment
For farmers and ranchers interested in expanding conservation on their operations, two of the nation’s largest working lands programs—the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental...
  • Farm and Food
You don’t know what you don’t know. If we want to grow and improve ourselves, we have to know where we need to focus our energy and attention. If our goal is to be more capable and effective engaging...
  • Small Towns
Agricultural producers interested in diversifying and taking on a new element to their operation are encouraged to apply for a Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) through the U.S. Department of...
  • Farm and Food
With strong support from the Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and State Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth, a bill to improve broadband access in our state is scheduled to be debated on Tuesday.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Young farmers excited about promoting their voices, and collectively working on land access, policy, and cooperative farming, are forming a new chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition, serving...
  • Farm and Food
Obtaining internet service for their rural Nebraska homes hasn’t been easy—or convenient—for Mike Tabbert and Chuck Karpf. When all is said and done, Tabbert will spend more than $12,000 for the...
  • Small Towns