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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...
  • Small Business
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...
  • Small Business
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...
  • Farm and Food
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.
  • Small Business
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.
  • Farm and Food
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...
  • Farm and Food
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...
  • Farm and Food
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...
  • Farm and Food
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...
  • Farm and Food
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.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
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...
  • Small Towns
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...
  • Small Business
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...
  • Small Towns
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...
  • Small Business
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...
  • Small Business
Seeking to address market disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic, a stimulus package approved Monday by Congress included funds to directly support small-scale meat processors to help them expand and distribute meat across state lines, a decision applauded by Johnathan Hladik, policy director for the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
NORFOLK, NEBRASKA – Norfolk area entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in the food industry are invited to attend a free, virtual panel discussion sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs....
  • Small Business
Bipartisan efforts to support local businesses and livestock producers continued in Congress, with the introduction of the Strengthening Local Processing Act by U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today. The legislation, which was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) in September, seeks to address market disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska is facing a crisis, and some of our most essential workers have the greatest risk, according to “Supporting Essential Workers, Growth, and Change During COVID-19,” a white...
  • Farm and Food