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 – Entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend free, virtual workshops that are a continuation of the Emergency Readiness Series, sponsored by the Center for Rural...
  • Small Business
HASTINGS, NEBRASKA – Entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to attend a workshop focused on QuickBooks. This free event is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Entrepreneurs interested in growing their business during COVID-19 are invited to attend a variety of workshops set to occur throughout September. These free, online events are...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA—The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has helped Nebraska and Iowa farmers and ranchers achieve conservation goals on their operations for nearly two decades, and the states are...
  • Farm and Food
NEVADA, IOWA – Three weeks after a devastating derecho storm swept across the state, Iowans in 26 counties are left with no decision on federal relief from the president. Cody Smith, policy associate...
  • Small Towns
NEVADA, IOWA – Local leaders will facilitate a discussion about strategies to address climate change in rural areas with U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Iowa Climate Solutions...
  • Environment
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska State Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth and Kevin Barnhill, owner of the Blair Meat Market in Blair, will discuss, and take questions on the problems facing local meat processors...
  • Small Towns
CEDAR BLUFFS, NEBRASKA – Nancy Meyer, of Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, has been appointed to the Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors. The Center for Rural Affairs is a private, nonprofit...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Women landowners, women beekeepers, and women interested in conservation, native pollinators, and native plants throughout Nebraska are invited to “Women's Learning Circle: Bees and...
  • Farm and Food
NEBRASKA CITY, NEBRASKA – Entrepreneurs in southeast Nebraska are invited to attend a two-part online workshop to gain more insight on ways to evaluate and develop their marketing plan. This event is...
  • Small Business
SHELL ROCK, IOWA – Barbara Dilly, of Shell Rock, Iowa, has been appointed to the Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors. The Center for Rural Affairs is a private, nonprofit organization working...
  • Small Towns
SOLON, IOWA – Constituents in Iowa’s Senate District 37 are invited to a virtual Rural Resiliency Forum featuring Iowa State Sen. Zach Wahls. The event is set for Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. and will be hosted...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Online training will be offered to rural farmers, market managers, and vendors interested in becoming involved or improving a farmers market. These free events are hosted by the...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Months after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law, Congress is considering legislation that would include rural businesses and...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – While essential for homes and businesses, the cost of electricity can pose a burden to customers. However, by implementing some key efficiency strategies, South Dakotans have the...
  • Environment
AUBURN, NEBRASKA – Entrepreneurs in the Auburn area are invited to attend two online workshops focused on best practices for businesses during COVID-19. These free events are sponsored by the Center...
  • Small Business
HASTINGS, NEBRASKA – Business owners in the Hastings area interested in learning QuickBooks are invited to attend an online workshop. This free event is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – A new resource is available for communities, solar project developers, and other stakeholders interested in installing pollinator-friendly solar projects. Outlining steps for...
  • Environment
LYONS, NEBRASKA - A bill to improve broadband access was approved on final reading by the Nebraska Legislature Tuesday morning. “We applaud the passage of Legislative Bill 996,” said Johnathan Hladik...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs are invited to two online workshops, one focused on accounting practices, and another focused on optimizing business plans. These free events are sponsored by...
  • Small Business