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16+ Years of Faithful Service to Rural America

For our #tbt Throwback Thursday article, we thought we’d share a look back to March 1990, and a newsletter article marking the 200th edition of the Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter and 16 years of publishing the news.

It began, “Something you can count on. That’s what we want the Newsletter to be. Over the years We’ve tried to keep it basic, simple, and informative.”

Unapologetically Rural: Family Farming & Ranching

With your help, we reached women landowners owning a combined 14,000 acres of land. These landowners see the economic value of using practices like cover crops on their land. This story from our Annual Report tells you more.

Walk into a small town cafe or gas station early in the morning. You’re likely to see a group of older male farmers shooting the breeze. Though the topic of their conversations may seem trivial, the existence of a meeting place allows for the exchange of information about business and farming practices.

Project Aims to Grow Food, Learning, and Entrepreneurship

Many schools in Nebraska have greenhouses, but many only use those greenhouses for starting perennials or growing holiday plants. Some even lie fallow. This is a missed opportunity for Nebraska’s kids.

This why we’re so excited to be awarded a grant from the Blooming Prairie Foundation for our Greenhouse-Grown Organic Entrepreneurs project! We can’t wait to partner with schools and get to work. 

Unapologetically Rural

Reflecting upon the work of the Center for Rural Affairs, I think it’s an exciting time in rural America, with growing opportunities in sustainable farming, clean energy, healthcare, and small business.

As a new Community Development Financial Institute we’re building capacity to meet growing capital needs of small businesses, and exploring needs in the farm sector and in neighboring states.

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