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Unapologetically Rural: Clean Energy

“The biggest issue on climate right now is that there is no awareness. We need to let people know.” Those words from our annual report came from Arlyn Schipper.

Last March Arlyn Schipper, a conventional grain farmer in Grundy Center, Iowa, took part in an event we hosted in a nearby town church hall. Our conversation focused on the threat climate change poses to modern agriculture. Until last year Arlyn didn’t believe in climate change. Six months later he was asking a room of 75 rural citizens to take action.

#tbt Defining Moments

Since the founding of the Center for Rural Affairs in the fall of 1973, we’ve seen a lot of history and we’ve made a lot of history. And we’ve experienced our share of defining moments, points in time, decisions, and choices that helped define our organization for years, even decades, to come.

One of those defining moments was the 1982 passage of Initiative 300, Nebraska’s erstwhile constitutional prohibition of corporate farming in Nebraska. Some years back that state constitutional provision was, frustratingly, struck down in federal court.

My Top 10 Organizing Memories!

For the past six years, my life has revolved around the Center for Rural Affairs. Crisscrossing the state of Nebraska, shaking your hand, maybe observing the soil, flora and fauna on your farm and definitely eating the pie at your cafe. In no particular order, below are my most memorable moments of the past six years.

We're pumped to team up with Hear Nebraska!

Have you heard? We're teaming up with Hear Nebraska. (Did you notice the pun there?) It's for The Good Living Tour.

This is a free, all-ages concert series from July 17-25 hosted in nine outdoor settings and traditional venues across Greater Nebraska. The Good Living Tour is also an accompanying community storytelling/marketing project aimed to reach a young, targeted audience through social and traditional media statewide and around the world.

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