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 – 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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’...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Internet access remains a problem for millions of Americans, including school age children. Those students without home internet access face increased difficulties completing their...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Current and future priorities for public utilities will be discussed with public power directors from Nebraska’s largest utilities during an upcoming virtual town hall hosted by the...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 26, U.S. Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), members of the House Agriculture Committee, introduced a companion bill to the Growing Climate Solutions Act...
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NEVADA, IOWA —As Iowa farmers and landowners look for ways to continue building soil health and protecting the state’s watersheds, many are using cover crops. According to the fact sheet “Guide To...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs and business owners interested in learning QuickBooks or expanding their knowledge of the program are invited to attend two workshops focused on small business...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – The backbone of rural communities in the Midwest, family farm operations rely on sound risk management options and practices to keep going. A tool for many farmers to manage risk is...
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