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 has chosen Sen. Tom Brandt, of Plymouth, Nebraska, to receive the 2020 George Norris Policymaker Award. The George Norris Policymaker Award is given to a...
  • 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...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Luis, Jose, and Cristobal Salinas, owners of Burrito House in Schuyler, Nebraska, to receive its 2020 Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Mike Tabbert, of rural Antelope County, Nebraska, to receive its 2020 Citizenship Award. The Citizenship Award is given to an individual or...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The sign-up period for farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is open. In South Dakota, the deadline to submit initial paperwork...
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Habitantes de Nebraska interesados ​​en conocer el papel y la importancia de las abejas están invitados a un taller de apicultura organizado por el Center for Rural Affairs. Este...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraskans interested in learning about the role and importance of bees are invited to a beekeeping workshop hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs. This free event will be offered...
  • 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 March include...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Agriculture educators in Nebraska are invited to “Seed Starting & School Growing Chit Chat.” This free, online event is hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and University of...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Women across Nebraska interested in learning and discussing cooperative business structures are invited to “Exploring Cooperatives: A Women’s Learning Circle.” This free, online...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – With Nebraska’s smallest businesses continuing to face uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is not the time to eliminate a tax credit program geared toward helping...
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – Mike Boell and Anna Zeleny take a lot of pride in the role the Oakland Meat Processing Plant plays in their community and the surrounding area. When COVID-19 hit, facilities like...
  • Farm and Food
SANTEE SIOUX AND OMAHA NATIONS – Kristine Flyinghawk of Niobrara, Nebraska, has been appointed Native communities manager with the Center for Rural Affairs. The Center works alongside the Omaha Nation...
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has launched a recovery loan program to help Nebraska businesses and local economies recover from the pandemic. Loans of up to $50,000 will qualify for...
  • Small Business
A bill proposing changes to the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit would better serve entrepreneurs striving to emerge strong from the economic consequences of COVID-19, said Johnathan Hladik, policy director for the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – A Nebraska school greenhouse demonstrating excellence in food production will receive the first-ever Greenhouse to Cafeteria Award later this year, presented by the Center for Rural...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA - Current and aspiring business owners are invited to attend free workshops sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs and the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. CEO School...
  • Small Business
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 February...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Los empresarios y gerentes de pequeñas empresas de Nebraska están invitados a asistir a una variedad de talleres virtuales patrocinados por el Proyecto de Asistencia para Empresas...
  • Small Business
NEVADA, IOWA – The sign-up period for farmers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is open. In Iowa, the deadline to submit initial paperwork is Feb. 19. “For farmers...
  • Farm and Food