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 Center for Rural Affairs is applauding Nebraska and Iowa lawmakers for their unanimous approval of bills to assist small meat processors and livestock producers as they work to clear obstacles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Those interested in learning about cooperatives in small towns are invited to “Cooperatives: Building a Base for the Future Webinar Series.” This free, online event is hosted by the...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Across the country, states have been increasingly innovative in finding ways to integrate the goals of eliminating hunger and strengthening local food systems, according to a white paper released recently by the Center for Rural Affairs.
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  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Across the country, states have been increasingly innovative in finding ways to integrate the goals of eliminating hunger and strengthening local food systems, according to a white paper released today by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
DES MOINES, IOWA – During a press conference hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs on April 22, state lawmakers, small meat processors, and livestock producers called on members of the Iowa Senate to...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Rural Affairs applauds the reintroduction of the Growing Climate Solutions Act. The legislation was reintroduced by its original sponsors for the 117th Congress.
  • Environment
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Iowa’s small meat processors, state lawmakers, and livestock producers will come together to show their support for the state’s small meat processors during a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Amend's Packing Plant, 410 SE 18th St, Des Moines.
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend a variety of virtual workshops sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs. Workshops offered in May include...
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NEVADA, IOWA – The deadline for Iowa farmers interested in submitting new applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is May 7. This is the second deadline for 2021 funding, following a first batch cutoff in December 2020.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin implementing a much-needed grant program authorized under a stimulus package approved by Congress in December. That legislation set funding aside to improve capacity at local meat lockers, but the agency has been slow to respond.
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LYONS, NEBRASKA - The sign-up period for farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is open. In North Dakota, the deadline to submit initial paperwork is April 23.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend a variety of virtual workshops sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs. Workshops offered in April include...
  • Small Business
RANDALIA, IOWA – Rural Iowans are invited to join state Rep. Chad Ingels for a discussion on strategies to build resilient rural communities during an online event set for April 8. The virtual Rural Resiliency Forum, which will be from noon to 1 p.m., will be hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Environment
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Nebraska state Sen. John McCollister will join other speakers to discuss the lack of food access in rural areas as part of a town hall discussion hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs. “Helping Families Find Success and Stability,” will begin at 12:15 p.m. on March 31.
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Small business owners or those looking to start a small business in northeast Nebraska, are invited to “Building Northeast Nebraska Businesses.” This free, online event is hosted by...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – The sign-up period for farmers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is open. In Minnesota, the deadline to submit initial paperwork is March 26. “CSP...
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – The sign-up period for farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is open. In Kansas, if you are interested in enrolling for the first...
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For farmers and ranchers eligible to renew for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a national application deadline of March 31 has been set.
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LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs is now offering home ownership and home improvement loans in rural Nebraska. Loans between $5,000 and $100,000 are available for the purchase of a home...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Sarah Smith, of Lincoln, to receive the 2020 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. The Bob Steffen Pioneer Award is bestowed by the Center each year to a...
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