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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...
  • 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
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
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
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
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska se enfrenta a una crisis y algunos de nuestros trabajadores más esenciales corren el mayor riesgo, de acuerdo con "Apoyando a los trabajadores esenciales, el crecimiento y...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend free, virtual workshops sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Today, Thursday, Dec. 10, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack was nominated to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kayla Bergman, policy associate at the Center for...
  • Farm and Food
An upcoming virtual meeting hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs will explore the growth of solar energy in Nebraska. The meeting, which is set for 6:30 p.m. CST, Dec. 17, will feature Martin Kleinschmit, owner of MarLin Wind and Solar; Cliff Mesner, owner of Mesner Development; and Brian Newton, city administrator of Fremont.
  • Environment
With states across the Midwest continuing to embrace the economic potential of renewable wind energy, project developers and landowners also have the ability to work together to explore opportunities for investments in conservation, according to a new report released today by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Environment
Farmers and ranchers looking to implement conservation practices on their operations have until December to apply for assistance through the 2021 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend free, virtual workshops sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project...
  • Small Business
NEVADA, IOWA – More than 600,000 miles of electric transmission lines across the U.S. could provide an opportunity for investments in wildlife and pollinator habitat, according to a new report from...
  • Environment