MarketPlace - Opening Doors to Success Is Here

Everything is falling into place for an excellent second annual MarketPlace on Feb. 27, 2008, at the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska. This is the Center for Rural Affairs' one big meeting of the year, and the whole day is centered on strengthening our small businesses and communities. From local foods, direct marketing, and agritourism through business financing, packaging your products, and renewing your community – 28 sessions will tempt you.

Save March 29 for the Windmill Auction

The Center for Rural Affairs is excited to host the culminating event of the Windmills of Life Project – the Windmill Reception and Auction on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Minden Opera House in Minden, Nebraska. The auction of all the sculptures and art will benefit Nebraska artists and communities.

Rural Revitalization Funding

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson has won $250,000 in federal funding to enable the Center’s Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) to serve more small businesses across rural Nebraska. In addition, we’ll use the new funds to establish a Rural Revitalization Website.

27th Annual Rural Ministry Conference

The Gospel On the Land, The Gospel For the Land – Issues of Evangelism and Environment is coming to Dubuque, Iowa, March 2 through 4, 2008. The Center for Rural Affairs’ John Crabtree is the keynote speaker on the opening evening, sharing his views on “Farm Policy and the Rural Church in the 21st Century.”

Earned Income Tax Credit

No one likes to think about taxes – but federal and Nebraska state tax credits can put thousands of dollars in the pockets of working families during the upcoming tax-filing season. Each year, many low-income working Nebraskans are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), but don’t realize they qualify or how to claim it.


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