Press Releases

We are committed to keeping the issues facing rural America in the news media. Here you'll find news on the work we do on public policy, farming and ranching, small businesses, and rural communities.

SANTEE SIOUX AND OMAHA NATIONS – Kristine Flyinghawk of Niobrara, Nebraska, has been appointed Native communities manager with the Center for Rural Affairs. The Center works alongside the Omaha Nation...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has launched a recovery loan program to help Nebraska businesses and local economies recover from the pandemic. Loans of up to $50,000 will qualify for...
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A bill proposing changes to the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit would better serve entrepreneurs striving to emerge strong from the economic consequences of COVID-19, said Johnathan Hladik, policy director for the Center for Rural Affairs.
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – A Nebraska school greenhouse demonstrating excellence in food production will receive the first-ever Greenhouse to Cafeteria Award later this year, presented by the Center for Rural...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA - Current and aspiring business owners are invited to attend free workshops sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and the Engler Agribusiness...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend a variety of virtual workshops sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Los empresarios y gerentes de pequeñas empresas de Nebraska están invitados a asistir a una variedad de talleres virtuales patrocinados por el Proyecto de Asistencia para Empresas...
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NEVADA, IOWA – The sign-up period for farmers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is open. In Iowa, the deadline to submit initial paperwork is Feb. 19. “For farmers...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – A panel discussion on small business entrepreneurship will highlight "Examining the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit,” a virtual town hall being hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs, from 6 to 7 p.m, Jan. 25.
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs will host the virtual town hall, “A Meat Sector That Works for Nebraska’s Farmers, Processors, and Customers,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27.
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Ag leaders from across the state are applauding the introduction of a bill today in the Nebraska Legislature that would help local processors expand their capacity, create new...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Military veterans and active military service members interested in agriculture are invited to attend “A Year in the Life of a Diversified Farm: Monthly Workshops for Veterans.” This...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA — Crop insurance is an important risk management tool for many farmers, and organic operations come with their own unique set of risks to consider. While crop insurance options for...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Beginning farmers and landowners throughout Nebraska are invited to attend four separate workshops to discuss starting and maintaining an agricultural business. These free, virtual...
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Continuing shocks to the meat processing industry from the ongoing global health crisis have many states, including Nebraska, looking for ways to support their small meat processors, according to a white paper released today by the Center for Rural Affairs.
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Community leaders in Nebraska City, Hastings, and Fremont, and the surrounding areas, are invited to free, online events hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs. “These trainings are...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Free, virtual cyber security workshops are available for Nebraska entrepreneurs and small business managers, sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Anyone working or interested in the food sector in Nebraska is invited to attend the Nebraska Food Council’s winter meeting. This free event is hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – As they continue to face challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rural small businesses and communities with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural...
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NORFOLK, NEBRASKA – Para todas las personas del área de Norfolk interesados ​​en iniciar un negocio en la industria de los alimentos están invitados a asistir a un panel virtual gratuito patrocinado...
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