Farm and Food News

Butterfly Byway Workshop to be Held in Brewster

If you've been following the Center's news on pollinators, you know that an effort to increase awareness of and habitat for pollinators is currently underway in several Nebraska communities. 

One exciting effort, the Pollination = Preservation Project, is taking place in the Nebraska Sandhills, where the Center for Rural Affairs, the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway and the Loup Basin RC&D are working with landowners to create the "Butterfly Byway," a network of pollinator gardens certified by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).   

Rural Food Business Growth: A Tool for Rural Vibrancy

Have you heard about the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Food Business Growth Project aimed at 5 counties in northeast Nebraska? What exactly does it mean? We invite you to dream with us on a food system vision.

You may ask, “Aren’t we already doing our part to feed the world?” I challenge this idea, when we import produce and meats from other states to the grocery stores where most of us purchase food.

Retracing the Steps

Stephanie Bertagnoli once said she would never move back to Nebraska. After growing up on a conventional farm in Utica she left for Colorado Christian University near Denver, where she met her husband Tim, a “city boy.” She thought that’s where they would stay, until one day when she was driving home to Nebraska during calving season.


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