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Dozens of Microenterprise Development Organizations from 28 states, including Nebraska's Center for Rural Affairs, have signed a letter urging Congress to support the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Act.
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The Center for Rural Affairs recently submitted a $100 million proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency's Solar for All grant competition. The Solar for All program is one component of the...
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Elected representatives in Iowa will debate a host of issues during the 2024 legislative session, including energy and environment, family and economic security, and water quality. Relevant...
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Elected representatives in Nebraska will debate a host of issues during the 2024 legislative session, including the budget and taxes, economic development, energy and environment, family and economic...
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The last day of 2023 is here. We present our most viewed blog post of the year, where we highlight Ryan Vogel who returned to his family farm. Ryan is using a cost-share through the Conservation...
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In our second highest viewed post of 2023, we feature one of our Beginning Farmer Conservation Fellows. A group of eight work to incorporate conservation methods with a final project. James Keeley...
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Today, we share number three in our top five blog posts countdown, a story about a military veteran who, in his retirement, is enjoying a second career of agriculture at his home near Douglas...
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The year in review countdown continues with a blog featuring a grocery store owner who came across an old building with a sense of nostalgia. Coming in at number four is a blog on Alejandro Macias...
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Welcome to the end-of-year countdown. To celebrate the end of 2023 and the new year, we are taking a look at the top blogs of the year. Starting today through Dec. 31, we'll review the five best...
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As 2023 wraps up and the Center for Rural Affairs’ 50-year anniversary winds down, be sure to check out our special video commemorating our past, present, and future. The video is below and you can...
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Board Member Barbara Dilly, of Shellrock, Iowa, was inspired by the Center for Rural Affairs' 50 years and wrote a song. A big thank you to the Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band for writing music to go along with these lyrics.
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En el ajetreo y el bullicio de la temporada navideña, es importante apartar algo de tiempo para cuadrar las finanzas de fin de año de su negocio. Tenemos algunos excelentes consejos que le ayudarán a preparar su pequeño negocio para un nuevo año exitoso y resiliente.
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In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to remember to set aside some time to square away your business’s year-end finances. We’ve got some great tips to help set your small business up for a successful and resilient new year.
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The expansion of wind generation has been, and continues to be, a boon for rural development. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity across the nation. Several Midwest states, including Nebraska, are leading the charge in its development, according to recent reports from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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The expansion of wind generation has been, and continues to be, a boon for rural development. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity across the nation. Several Midwest states, including Iowa, are leading the charge in its development, according to recent reports from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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The expansion of wind generation has been, and continues to be, a boon for rural development. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity across the nation. Several Midwest states, including South Dakota, are leading the charge in its development, according to recent reports from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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The expansion of wind generation has been, and continues to be, a boon for rural development. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity across the nation. Several Midwest states, including Minnesota, are leading the charge in its development, according to recent reports from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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This blog is part of our “Farm Bill Bulletin” series, which provides intermittent updates on the development and status of our nation’s next farm bill. Small business lenders from across the U.S. have...
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Maite Arce works to build up Latino voices so they can be heard in conservation policy and stewardship, and to expand access to community resources. She established the Hispanic Access Foundation focused on issues including community access, financial literacy, improving health outcomes for Latinos, developing and supporting Latino leaders, and more.
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A medida que termina el último mes de 2023, Erin Schoenberg reflexiona sobre lo que los seguidores del Centro han dicho acerca de lo que hace que el Centro sea especial para ellos. Y antes de que se escape el tiempo, seguidores como usted tienen una oportunidad más de hacer algo especial para fortalecer el trabajo para un futuro rural más brillante.
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