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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 has recently hired Casey O’Brien, of Lincoln, Nebraska, as a loan specialist. O’Brien’s role is to work with new and existing small businesses to help...
  • Small Business
From direct payments to landowners who host sites to employment opportunities during construction and operation of the systems, wind and solar development bring numerous economic benefits to rural Minnesota counties and communities.
  • Environment
In its continued efforts to advocate for increasing access to conservation programs, the Center for Rural Affairs is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move more funds into the hands of farmers and ranchers.
  • Farm and Food
As more companies, municipalities, states, and utilities set clean energy goals, the demand for renewable energy will continue to increase.
  • Environment
Farmers interested in learning more about cover crops and conservation are invited to attend a free workshop hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
Los agricultores interesados en aprender más sobre los cultivos de cobertura y la conservación están invitados a asistir a un taller gratuito organizado por el Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is now accepting applications for grants through the Independent Processor Assistance Program, which is designed to improve and expand Nebraska’s meat processing capabilities.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
Farmers and ranchers are invited to participate in a free webinar July 26 from noon to 1 p.m., CT, to learn more about their federal crop insurance options. “Crop Insurance for Diversified Operations” will be hosted by Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Kate Hansen and Megan Vaith, crop insurance agent and founder of Northbourne Organic Crop Insurance LLC.
  • Farm and Food
Los talleres de apicultura gratuitos organizados por el Center for Rural Affairs, la Universidad Estatal de Iowa y el Colegio Tribal Little Priest ayudarán a quienes estén interesados en comenzar en la industria.
  • Farm and Food
Free beekeeping workshops hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa State University, and Little Priest Tribal College will help those who are interested in getting started in the industry.
  • Farm and Food
Recently, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released its draft agriculture appropriations bill for 2023. The bill outlines funding for multiple programs that benefit rural America, including Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) and the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP).
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
The Center for Rural Affairs will bring together a panel of speakers to discuss the part renewable energy generation can play in building a resilient, sustainable future for Iowa’s electrical grid.
  • Environment
Falling equipment costs coupled with increased demand for clean energy have led to a rapid rise in solar development over the past decade, a trend expected to continue, especially in rural areas, according to a new resource guide from the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Environment
Many South Dakotans continue to experience challenges with broadband access, according to a new resource guide released today by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Small Towns
Rural landowners and residents can learn more about the opportunities and benefits of renewable energy on their properties during a free event set in June.
  • Environment
The Center for Rural Affairs applauds Iowa lawmakers for approving two bills that will support the state’s small meat processors. On Monday, the Iowa Senate passed House File (HF) 2470, which will create the framework for a one-year community college certificate program on artisanal butchery.
  • Farm and Food
The Center for Rural Affairs commends Iowa lawmakers for making good on a promise to offer tax credits to residents investing in solar energy systems. In approving its tax bill—Senate File 2367—Monday evening, the Iowa Legislature agreed to pay the Solar Energy Systems Tax Credit to applicants currently on the waiting list for residential projects installed in 2021.
  • Environment
Un taller de apicultura gratuito organizado por el Center for Rural Affairs, la Universidad Estatal de Iowa y la Extensión del Condado de Muscatine ayudará a los habitantes de Iowa que estén interesados en comenzar en la industria.
  • Farm and Food
A free beekeeping workshop hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa State University, and Muscatine County Extension will help Iowans who are interested in getting started in the industry.
  • Farm and Food
Women landowners are invited to a farm tour to learn more about conservation and working with tenants, and to meet with other women landowners.
  • Farm and Food