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  • Lending
​​​​​​​Renewable wind energy has seen fantastic growth, generating cheap and clean energy across Midwestern states. The power of the wind is no secret to Iowans, as they’ve already worked to become leaders in the wind industry.
  • Policy
The internet is now considered a basic human right; it is how people find employment, handle their finances, attend college, work and receive medical care. However, not everyone is able to use the internet to its full potential, due primarily to slow speeds. Rural areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing broadband.
  • Small Towns
  • Policy
Nebraska has a bright future in renewable energy. This cheap and clean energy can serve as a new driver for our local rural economies.
  • Small Towns
The opinions of 587 business owners, resource providers and lenders will help shape the future of our lending program. Responses are compiled in “Their needs and thoughts: Results of the fifth...
  • Lending
The Center for Rural Affairs believes that energy efficiency and renewable energy development can offer significant benefits to our state. Energy efficiency in particular provides Nebraskans with an affordable option to decrease their power consumption and electric bills.
  • Small Towns
​​​​​​​With legislative sessions in full swing, it is vital for rural constituents to contact legislators regarding issues that affect our communities. Here are some simple tips for calling your legislators.
  • Farm and Food
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​​​​​​​We all discriminate. It does not matter if you are a person of color or not, female or male, young or old, gay or straight. We all discriminate.
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The New Year’s resolution is a common tradition around the world. In the new year, many of us look to our past experiences and strive to better ourselves.
  • Lending
The Center for Rural Affairs agrees that property taxes are too high and local schools and government entities are too reliant on property taxes.
  • Small Towns
The sale and closure of a midsize manufacturing plant in a nearby small town got me thinking. The business was home-grown, but no one in the next generation was interested in taking the helm. The...
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Nebraska businesses and those who serve them have once again provided vital information about their operations. The results are included in “Their needs and thoughts: Results of the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment,” a report by Dena Beck.
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The Center has long advocated for national legislation that benefits rural Iowans. Now we have relocated our Iowa office and we have become more involved with Iowa state policy advocacy. Check out the information below to learn more about our legislative priorities for the 2017 session.
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  • Policy
Farmers Joe and Carol Schmieding purchased land in Seward County in 1987, land that included a driveway and waterway that spanned forty acres. However, the boundary line was not clearly marked, and neighbors used this driveway for farming purposes disputing ownership of this parcel.
  • Farm and Food
National policy tends to draw an enormous amount of attention - especially these days. And for good reason. Policies such as the Farm Bill, Clean Power Plan and Affordable Care Act affect the entire country.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
The majority of Americans pay little attention to pollinators – bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, and other insects – in their day-to-day activities. However, without pollinators, many crops simply would not grow.
  • Farm and Food
As renewable energy development continues to surge across the nation, many Midwestern states are building more local renewable energy to meet consumers' needs.
  • Policy
Income taxes on high earners must rise. There, I said it. I said the one thing no one in Nebraska politics can bring themselves to say.
  • Farm and Food
As organizations representing rural America, we look forward to working with your Administration in the coming years to help ensure that all Americans face a brighter future. We also look forward to having Governor Perdue at the helm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), working on behalf of rural America.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
Center for Rural Affairs’ small business development program ranked ninth in the United States for the number of Small Business Administration microloans placed in fiscal year 2016.
  • Lending