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Omaha Nation is working hard to improve health and economic outlooks

The majority of people in the Omaha Nation express a desire for greater local access to fresh produce, according to a report released by the Center for Rural Affairs and the Omaha Nation community.

“Digging In: Supporting a Healthy, Sustainable Food Future in Omaha Nation,” examines the state of the food system on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska.

A dire opportunity: rural communities in the face of climate change

Climate change can be difficult to fully wrap your mind around. My fear is that more people will engage only after facing a crisis themselves—losing a home due to flooding, markets upended by multi-year droughts, water shortages, etc. We know that warming trends can accelerate or decelerate quickly depending on emissions and policies. Some analysts consider the last few years to be an accelerating period. What we do not know is when we will have crossed a threshold from which we cannot return.

Staff spotlight: Nelsen knows renewable energy

Lu Nelsen is a believer in the power of conversation. Some days, he even depends on conversations to get his job done.

For the last five years, he has helped track renewable energy and infrastructure development across the Midwest and Great Plains while working as a policy associate for the Center for Rural Affairs.

“I talk to a lot of people who see the potential of renewable energy development,” Lu said. “That can be everything from generating new income, to saving them money on their electric bill, or benefiting the environment.”

Corporate farming notes: farmers deserve fairness in the livestock industry

You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) now functions under the purview of the Agricultural Marketing Service, but that’s not all. According to USDA, the rulemaking process for Farmer Fair Practices Rules will re-open in spring 2019. 

Originally introduced by USDA’s GIPSA, the Farmer Fair Practices Rules would have afforded contract producers in the poultry and livestock industries with basic fairness protections. 

In brief, the rules would have: 

Conservation Innovation Grant Case Studies: Agricultural roots bring Eric home to Nebraska

Though he’s only been farming for around 10 years, agriculture is in Eric Thalken’s blood.

Originally from Ogallala, Nebraska, Eric spent part of his childhood in The Cornhusker State, and part of it in The Keystone State—Pennsylvania. He grew up in a family with a conventional farm mindset. Upon returning to Nebraska, Eric studied agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then became a sales agronomist.

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