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Initiative places local food on school lunch trays

Engaged communities and connections with farmers are helping make school lunches even better in rural communities. Our kids are reaping the benefits and heading back to school with local foods on their plates through a new initiative from the Center for Rural Affairs and Nebraska Department of Education-Nutrition Services.

Farm bill expires on Sept. 30, what’s next?

The 2014 farm bill expires on Sept. 30, 2018. What happens if Congress does not pass a new farm bill in time?

Congress can either vote to extend the 2014 farm bill, or they can allow the farm bill to lapse.

In 2013, Congress passed an extension. It was not ideal. Members failed to include any funding for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, and other small but mighty programs in the extension. These programs closed their doors until the 2014 farm bill was passed.

Dear Sens Brown and Ernst: We appreciate your leadership on conservation

The country is at an important crossroads for conservation. Farmers are increasingly interested in adopting practices to preserve soil health, protect water quality, and invest in greater resiliency. Federal conservation programs play a crucial role by offering a pathway for farmers and ranchers to implement and adopt conservation practices and move toward whole farm conservation planning.

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