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Community garden demonstrates another successful growing season in Santee

As another growing season comes to a close, residents of the small Native community of Santee are prepared to continue utilizing the knowledge they’ve gained over the summer.

Through assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Indian Community College, the town has been a home to a community garden for members of the Santee Sioux Nation for the last few years.

Water Warriors: Bev and Dwight’s prairie paradise for water quality

Bev and Dwight Rutter describe their prairie farm as a hobby gone nuts.

Surrounded by 600 acres of restored and native prairie grass (and hundreds of pheasants), rests Bev and Dwight’s native seed and plant nursery, The Prairie Flower, near Spencer, Iowa. At the nursery, they sell a wide variety of local, native prairie and wetland plants and seeds. The Rutters also provide services such as ecological consulting and planning.

Conservation Stewardship Program deadline fast approaching

An important deadline is coming up quickly for certain contract holders with the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Farmers and ranchers who started their first CSP contract in 2014 are eligible this year to apply to renew for a second CSP contract. Interested farmers and ranchers have until Dec. 31 to sign contract modifications with their local Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) office.

U.S. lawmakers agree on $867 billion farm bill

People who use and value farming-conservation practices are applauding parts of the U.S. Senate's newly passed Farm Bill. They think the legislation will benefit beginning farmers and help sustain the vitality of rural communities.

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