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.

DES MOINES – The Iowa Environmental Council and Center for Rural Affairs today announced the publication of a best practices guide for counties developing utility-scale solar siting ordinances, Iowa...
  • Small Towns
WEST POINT, NEBRASKA – Free one-on-one small business consultations are available by appointment on the third Thursday of every month, from 2 to 4 p.m. Lori Schrader, loan specialist with the Center...
  • Small Business
RED OAK, IOWA—Local leaders will facilitate a discussion about strategies to build community resilience on Tuesday, March 10, in Red Oak, Iowa. The Rural Resiliency Forum, hosted by the Center for...
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
BEATRICE, NEBRASKA – Community members will have the opportunity to engage with a panel of experts on how electricity is generated in Nebraska, and the opportunities that the state’s public power...
  • Environment
SYRACUSE, NEBRASKA—Community members and producers are invited to Interconnectedness and Agriculture, a panel discussion about soil and water quality in agriculture and urban areas on Monday, March 23...
  • Environment
PAXTON, NEBRASKA – Howard White, of Paxton, has recently been hired as a loan specialist for the Center for Rural Affairs based in Lyons, Nebraska. White’s role is to work with new and existing small...
  • Small Business
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has opened an office at College Park, 3180 W. Highway 34, Room 200, in Grand Island. An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on...
  • Small Business
HASTINGS, NEBRASKA – Farmers and ranchers in the Hastings area are invited to a two-part class designed to help producers of all ages and experience levels make value-based decisions to improve the...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Tina Biteghe Bi Ndong, executive director of the West Point Chamber of Commerce, as the recipient of its Rural Enterprise Assistance Project...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Mary Rosa and Eduardo Morales, owners of Venemex Productions in Columbus, Nebraska, to receive the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP)...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Paul Olson, of Lincoln, Nebraska, will receive the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2019 Seventh Generation Award during a ceremony on March 13 in York, Nebraska. The Seventh Generation...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Patty Plugge, Burt County economic development director, to receive its Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2019 Friend Award. Center...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Megan Gewecke of Kearney, Nebraska, to receive the 2019 Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Mark and Connie Tjemeland, of McCallsburg, Iowa, to receive its 2019 Citizenship Award. They will be recognized at an awards ceremony on...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Jeanne Schieffer, director, and Sandie Fischer, events planner and entrepreneur/membership developer, both of the Columbus Area Chamber of...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Yomara Hernandez, owner of Florist Angel's, in Schuyler, Nebraska, to receive the 2019 Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Hank Miller, head of the math and science division at Nebraska Indian Community College, to receive the 2019 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. He...
  • Small Towns
NEVADA, IOWA – Citing investments proposed for local watershed efforts, the Center for Rural Affairs announced its support of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Invest in Iowa Act today. The bill, Senate Study Bill...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Details on President Trump’s 2021 budget were released yesterday. Anna Johnson, policy manager with the Center for Rural Affairs, says this administration continues to put forth...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
COLUMBUS, NEBRASKA – Small business owners and managers, aspiring business owners, and community partners are invited to Tuesday Table Talks on March 3, at Opportunity Central, 4860 33rd Ave...
  • Small Business