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 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the application deadline for its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to April 15. REAP provides financial assistance to...
  • Environment
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Applications are now being accepted for a new pilot-program being offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. Signups for the Soil Health and Income...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs, based in Lyons, Nebraska, is offering relief to its borrowers experiencing a drop in revenue due to COVID-19. “The Center for Rural Affairs is committed...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Today, directors from the Center for Rural Affairs, based in Lyons, Nebraska, announced the postponement of several small business trainings, networking events, and beginning farmer...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Hoy, los directores de Center for Rural Affairs, con sede en Lyons, Nebraska, anunciaron el aplazamiento de varias capacitaciones para pequeños negocios, eventos de creación de redes...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has honored individuals with nine awards, including recognition for policy advocacy, food work, and small business. The awards are: Seventh Generation...
  • Small Towns
WESTON, NEBRASKA – Women beekeepers, women landowners, and others interested in all types of pollinators are invited to “Women's Learning Circle Focusing on Early Blooming Native Plants for...
  • Farm and Food
SYRACUSE, NEBRASKA—Ray Ward, founder of Ward Laboratories, Inc. in Kearney, will join other panelists for Interconnectedness and Agriculture, a discussion about soil and water quality in agriculture...
  • Small Towns
MADISON, NEBRASKA – Business owners are invited to attend a marketing workshop in Madison, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs and Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. The course, “Activate Your...
  • Small Business
LEXINGTON, NEBRASKA – Community members are invited to attend a Chamber Coffee conversation in Lexington, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs, Dawson Area Development, Lexington Area Chamber of...
  • Small Towns
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 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