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The Center for Rural Affairs commends members of the Nebraska Legislature for their approval of several key pieces of legislation this session and thanks lawmakers for supporting industries that help make rural Nebraska strong.
  • Small Towns
Los latinos principiantes y otros agricultores principiantes de Nebraska están invitados a aprender y discutir sobre la salud del suelo y las prácticas de conservación durante una serie de talleres en línea, “Círculos de Aprendizaje para la Salud del Suelo,” organizados por el Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
Beginning Latino and other beginning farmers across Nebraska are invited to learn about and discuss soil health and conservation practices during a series of online workshops, “Soil Health Learning Circles,” hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
For agricultural soils in the midwestern U.S. to continue to be productive, conservation practices must be widely implemented, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
Ya está abierta la inscripción para la segunda Conferencia Anual de Mujeres Latinas en los Negocios: Es Tu Turno, organizada por el Center for Rural Affairs y Small Business Administration. El evento es solo en español.
  • Small Business
Registration is now open for the second annual Latina Women in Business Conference: Es Tu Turno, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and Small Business Administration. The event is in Spanish only.
  • Small Business
Los agricultores existentes, principiantes, y latinos de Nebraska y Iowa interesados en escuchar a los agricultores sobre sus operaciones y la aplicación de prácticas específicas para la salud del suelo están invitados a “Soil Health Farm Tours,” organizado por Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
Current, beginning, and Latino farmers across Nebraska and Iowa interested in hearing from farmers about their operations and the application of specific practices for soil health are invited to “Soil Health Farm Tours,” hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
The Center for Rural Affairs is encouraged to see support for agricultural producers, including a significant increase in proposed funding for Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA), in the Biden administration’s proposed budget for 2023 announced earlier this week.
  • Environment
  • Small Business
Community members are invited to join the Center for Rural Affairs during the month of April to embark on the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge.
  • Small Towns
Just over one year after lawmakers unanimously approved its creation, the Nebraska Legislature’s Appropriations Committee is recommending nearly $10 million in funding for the Independent Processor Assistance Program (IPAP) as part of the state’s allotment of recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
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Those in the child care business or those looking to start their own business in the industry are invited to attend a free conference presented in Spanish and sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs, in part with the Central Region Early Childhood Spanish Coalition.
  • Small Business
Aquellos en el negocio de cuidado infantil o aquellos que buscan iniciar su propio negocio en la industria están invitados a asistir a una conferencia gratuita presentada en español y patrocinada por el Center for Rural Affairs, en parte con Central Region Early Childhood Spanish Coalition.
  • Small Business
Iowa farmers have until April 8 to apply for conservation funding and planning assistance from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to see updates to Nebraska’s Microenterprise Assistance Program among the budget recommendations released Friday by the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.
  • Small Business
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa is seeking renewal applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The deadline to apply is April 15.
  • Farm and Food
Rural Nebraska is facing a health care workforce shortage, and projections show the trend will continue if it is not adequately addressed, according to a white paper released recently by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Small Towns
Interviews focused on the history of sustainable agriculture have been turned into a limited podcast series, “Sustainable Agriculture Policy with Ron Kroese.”
  • Farm and Food
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LYONS, NEBRASKA - Martin and Linda Kleinschmit of Hartington, Nebraska, have been chosen to receive the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2021 Seventh Generation Award. The lifetime service award is presented...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Anna Zeleny, of Oakland, to receive its 2021 Citizenship Award. The Citizenship Award is given to an individual or individuals who actively...
  • Small Towns