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.

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs applauds the launch of a new grant program aimed at building capacity and increasing economic opportunity for small- and mid-sized meat and poultry processors.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Business owners in northeast Nebraska are invited to attend free workshops for entrepreneurs looking to grow their social media and marketing skills, hosted by the Center for Rural...
  • Small Business
DECORAH, IOWA – Local water quality and renewable energy leaders in Winneshiek County will be the featured speakers during the Building Resiliency on the Farm virtual event Thursday, June 24 from noon to 1 p.m., hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Cover crops are a conservation practice with wide ranging benefits, from improving soil health to protecting water quality. Many farmers who planted fall cover crops are now eligible for a discount on their crop insurance premium, thanks to a new program announced June 1.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to see a number of priorities that would support rural America, namely infrastructure and rural broadband improvements, in President Joe Biden’s first budget proposal, released today.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend a webinar focused on customer service. This free, online event is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA — Johnathan Hladik and Shawn Vetick were recognized for 10 years of employment at the Center for Rural Affairs at a virtual staff gathering earlier this month. Hladik, now policy...
  • Small Towns
SCHUYLER, NEBRASKA – Con más de 36 idiomas hablados en Schuyler, Nebraska, con una población de 6.211, las organizaciones comunitarias, negocios y voluntarios se han sumado para ayudar en la clínica...
  • Small Towns
NIOBRARA, NEBRASKA – Karen and Jim Tikalsky, of Niobrara, Nebraska, will be honored with the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2020 Seventh Generation Award. The Seventh Generation Award honors the lifetime...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
SCHUYLER, NEBRASKA – With more than 36 languages spoken in Schuyler, Nebraska, population 6,211, community organizations, businesses, and volunteers have pitched in to assist at the weekly COVID-19...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs commends the Nebraska Legislature for its approval of a bill to temporarily expand gross income eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs is applauding Nebraska and Iowa lawmakers for their unanimous approval of bills to assist small meat processors and livestock producers as they work to clear obstacles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Those interested in learning about cooperatives in small towns are invited to “Cooperatives: Building a Base for the Future Webinar Series.” This free, online event is hosted by the...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Across the country, states have been increasingly innovative in finding ways to integrate the goals of eliminating hunger and strengthening local food systems, according to a white paper released recently by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Across the country, states have been increasingly innovative in finding ways to integrate the goals of eliminating hunger and strengthening local food systems, according to a white paper released today by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
DES MOINES, IOWA – During a press conference hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs on April 22, state lawmakers, small meat processors, and livestock producers called on members of the Iowa Senate to...
  • Farm and Food
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Rural Affairs applauds the reintroduction of the Growing Climate Solutions Act. The legislation was reintroduced by its original sponsors for the 117th Congress.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend a variety of virtual workshops sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs. Workshops offered in May include...
  • Small Business
NEVADA, IOWA – The deadline for Iowa farmers interested in submitting new applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is May 7. This is the second deadline for 2021 funding, following a first batch cutoff in December 2020.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin implementing a much-needed grant program authorized under a stimulus package approved by Congress in December. That legislation set funding aside to improve capacity at local meat lockers, but the agency has been slow to respond.
  • Farm and Food