News Releases

We are committed to keeping the issues facing rural America in the news media. Here you'll find news on the work we do on public policy, farming and ranching, small businesses, and rural communities.

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs has partnered with the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, Sandhills Task Force, and Audubon Nebraska for a summer grazing tour on June 14 in the Nebraska...
  • Farm and Food
Dyersville, IA - The Center for Rural Affairs along with Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action will host a forum about the...
  • Policy
Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs will host the second in it’s series of learning circles of women farmers and landowners in eastern Nebraska to provide sustainable farming and conservation...
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Lyons, NE - The Santee Sioux Nation Art Show and Community Market will launch Saturday, June 4 outside the Ohiya Casino and Resort on highway 12, just east of Niobrara, NE on the Santee Sioux...
  • Small Towns
Lyons, Nebraska -The Center for Rural Affairs is offering a free summer series of Latino Beginning Farmer and Rancher tours in Nebraska City, Martell, Grand Island, and Lincoln, Nebraska. The first...
  • Farm and Food
Lyons, NE - Today the Center for Rural Affairs released a report entitled "Respect and Restore: Reassessing Local Wind Energy Standards," that examines issues being overlooked in county and township...
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Lyons, NE - The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that $44 million is available to farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made...
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Lyons, NE - On June 2-4, 2016, more than 1,500 people will converge in Madison, Wis., for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. The biennial event, hosted by the National Farm to School...
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Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a series of learning circles of women farmers and landowners in eastern Nebraska to provide sustainable farming and conservation education and...
  • Farm and Food
Dyersville, IA - The Center for Rural Affairs along with Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action will host a forum about the...
  • Policy
Dyersville, Iowa - This week, Central Iowa Power Cooperative - the largest generation and transmission cooperative in Iowa - announced that it will work with six member cooperatives to install 5.5 MW...
  • Policy
Lyons, NE - An introductory computer workshop will be offered in April by the Center for Rural Affairs in partnership with the Keene Memorial Library. The free workshop, Computer Basics, will be...
  • Small Towns
Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with University of Nebraska Extension to offer a FREE farm to school training in North Platte for school food service staff and fruit and...
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Lyons, Nebraska - Today, the Center for Rural Affairs along with Mike Duffy, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Iowa State University, released a report that explores the impact subsidized crop...
  • Farm and Food
Lyons, Nebraska - Today, a bracket motion to LB 1032 - the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act - successfully doomed the legislation and any chance of closing Nebraska’s health coverage gap in...
Lyons, NE - The lending staff of First Central Bank Loan Production Office in Curtis have proved they go the extra mile in their professions by receiving the Center for Rural Affairs Extra Mile Award...
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Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs has awarded Pat Coldiron of Seward, Nebraska, the Center for Rural Affairs Friend of the Year award. Coldiron, owner of Liberty House B&B, Antiques and Gifts...
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Lyons, NE – Greg and Kristy Parr of Norfolk, NE have been chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipients by the Center for Rural Affairs. The couple were honored for their efforts to...
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Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to announce that Colleen Rickard of Axtell, NE has been honored for her entrepreneurship and her dedication and involvement among women business...
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Lyons, NE – The Center for Rural Affairs has awarded brothers, Arcadio and Ebodio Zepeda of Norfolk the Latino Entrepreneurs of the Year Award from the Center for Rural Affairs. They were honored for...
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