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We Are Rural: Reflecting on 40 Years

The Center for Rural Affairs turned 40 years old this year. Think about that for a minute.

When Marty Strange and Don Ralston first threw open the doors 40 years ago, it was anyone’s guess if the scrappy organization on main street in a town of 800 would make it for one year.

It didn’t take long before rural people were flocking in from across the state.

They came to early Center gatherings. They had heard about a new organization located in the heart of rural America with a mission to lift up everyday rural people. An organization with a belief in a better future.

David defeats Goliath

While the recently passed Farm Bill continues to provide unlimited farm program payments and crop insurance premium subsidies to the nation’s largest and wealthiest mega-farms, there are some things that the legislation does - or more aptly, does not do - that merit mention. As the Farm Bill Conference Committee made an eleventh hour deal to move the Farm Bill forward, changes to two major livestock market reforms were notably absent.

Farmers and Ranchers should own Livestock, not Packers

A bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature, LB 942, would remove the restriction on packer ownership of hogs in the state. The bill intends to grease the skids for corporate hog production. A hearing for LB 942 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th at the Capitol in Lincoln. The Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Farmers Union and a growing group of family farmers, ranchers and small town Nebraskans will be there voicing opposition to the bill.

MarketPlace: Small Conference, Big Results

Whether you are a farmer, rancher, small business owner, or a community developer, you have a million irons in the fire every day. And you probably aspire to improve your bottom line, expand the business and move business plans forward.

Or perhaps you are not a business owner or a farmer/rancher yet, but would like to set out and start a business of your own, but don’t know where to start.

No matter what category you fit into, you most likely have many questions.

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