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Census of Agriculture shows more renewables on farms

Farmers are increasingly adopting renewable energy on their farms. According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, released on April 11, 2019, solar and geothermal energy systems on farms have increased significantly since the last Census in 2012. In 2017, there were 133,176 farms producing renewable energy—more than double the 2012 total.

The Census reports 90,142 farms had solar energy production in 2017, a 60 percent increase from the 36,331 farms reported in the 2012 census.

Congressional appropriators: please fund farm bill programs

Every five years (or so), Congress passes legislation that shapes the day-to-day living of rural Americans. This legislation is a complex bundle of various programs and policies more commonly referred to as the farm bill. Key Congressional leaders in both the House and Senate influence the farm bill through work on their respective agriculture committees, which is a process that should not be taken lightly.

Visions of fresh Mexican bread are now a reality

Liz Flores had a vision, a dream in a sense, to one day start her own bakery. A place where the smell and taste of fresh Mexican bread and rich, hot coffee would summon people of all walks.

After spending years in bakeries and gaining valuable business experience, Liz left Denver’s big city life in her rear view mirror and relocated to Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Grants available to Iowa farmers

Grants are available for Iowa farmers impacted by the recent flooding. 

The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with Farm Aid and Iowa Farmers Union to provide grants up to $500. Individuals must be located in an area damaged by the recent flooding and must be farmers.

“We are working together with partners to help farmers navigate the recovery process,” said Cora Fox, policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs. “We understand the challenges farmers face, and want them to know that they aren’t alone.”

Rural values amplified in Washington, D.C.

Our policy efforts speak rural values to the elected officials and government administrators in Washington, D.C. Since the 2018 farm bill passed in December, we followed progress on the shutdown, traveled to Washington, D.C., and fought for funding that supports our rural small businesses. Here’s a brief summary.

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