New Employee for the MarketPlace

We’re very happy to welcome Joy Marshall to the Center’s staff. Joy started August 1 and has been hired as a planner to work primarily on organizing the MarketPlace. This conference was so successful last year that we are looking forward to her full-time employment to make this second MarketPlace even better. MarketPlace 2008 is scheduled for February 27, 2008, at the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska.

Live from Des Moines

We had the great privilege to attend last weekend’s annual Iowa Farmers Union convention in Des Moines, IA. As you may have heard, we’re in the middle of an absurdly early presidential campaign, and the Iowa caucuses are considered important by those in the know. So there just happened to be substantial political presence at the IFU convention, and we certainly enjoyed aggravating campaign staff by pointing out their bosses’ regular votes against the interests of family farmers and rural America.

Turning the Page, Not Closing the Book

Initiative 300 has been a crucial part of retaining more Nebraska family farmers and ranchers, especially livestock producers, than other states without the same protection against corporate farming and vertical integration. But the courts have overridden Nebraska’s anti-corporate farming law, passed by a vote of the people in 1982.

How I Spent My Summer

Editors Note: The following was written by Center for Rural Affairs Policy Intern, Liz Lesher. At the end of August Liz will return to school at Smith College in Massachusetts.

I spent 10 weeks working at the Center for Rural Affairs. I’ve learned more than I could have imagined about the complex economics that affect rural communities and more than I’d like to know about how hogs are slaughtered. I’ve learned that politics isn’t about the best policy. I’ve heard politicians evade questions so well you would think they were paid to do it.


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