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, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with University of Nebraska Extension to offer several FREE farm to school trainings to Nebraska’s school food service staff and fruit and...
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Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa Department of Agriculture and University of Missouri Extension will be presenting the inaugural Midwest Farm to School Conference at the beautiful Lied...
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Lyons, NE - On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, concerned citizens and like-minded organizations, including the Center for Rural Affairs, will hold a press conference in the State Capitol Rotunda to support...
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Lyons, NE - Farmers, gardeners, farmers market vendors and those interested in developing a food product for market are invited to participate in a “Recipe to Reality Seminar” on Saturday, January 16...
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Lyons, Nebraska - The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to announce it has raised $10,635 in the Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the...
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Lyons, Nebraska - Today the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their final rule to define what it means to be actively engaged in farming, and therefore eligible to receive federal farm...
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Lyons, Nebraska - On November 6, the Center for Rural Affairs REAP Women’s Business Center hosted a local InnovateHER Challenge for the state of Nebraska. The Challenge, sponsored by the Small...
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Walthill, Nebraska - On Thursday, Dec. 3, the second annual Christmas Bazaar will be held at the new Walthill Fire Hall from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The event will offer Native American artwork and...
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Lincoln, Nebraska - Today, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature’s Revenue and Education Committees are holding a joint public hearing to gather public input on LR 332 and LR 344, interim studies...
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Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant from the Rural Business Development Grant program to support startup and expansion of rural small...
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Lyons, Nebraska - As early as next Tuesday, the U.S. Senate will vote on S. 1140, which would halt the Obama Administration’s near-final rulemaking to clarify longstanding Clean Water Act protections...
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Lyons, Nebraska - This week, the White House and Congressional leaders struck a tentative budget deal that provides a framework and additional funding needed to allow Congress to complete the annual...
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Lyons, Nebraska - Two Northeast Nebraska communities in Burt County will unveil separate public artworks on Sunday, Nov. 1 and Monday, Nov. 2. The projects, part of the Byway of Art project, are a...
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Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs is celebrating Farm to School Month by hosting three webinars filled with useful information for school staff and farmers and ranchers interested in starting...
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Lyons, Nebraska - Several organizations from across the Midwest and Great Plains partnered this week to urge people in their states to take action to address climate change and call for investments in...
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Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs, and Nebraska Appleseed will host a Town Hall meeting with State Senator Matt Williams. Discussion will include issues that impact the daily lives of Nebraska...
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Lyons, Nebraska - The Center for Rural Affairs along with the Nebraska Humanities Council and the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site will host a community storytelling event with Twyla Hansen...
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Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs will host two separate Town Hall meetings, one with State Senator Roy Baker, and one with Senator Laura Ebke. Discussed will be issues that impact the daily...
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LYONS, NE - Today, the Center for Rural Affairs announced that the Rural Investment Corporation (RIC), a subsidiary of the Center for Rural Affairs, recently received a $123,044 grant award from the U...
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