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.

MADRID, IOWA—Tailored to communities impacted by the spring floods of 2019 and those interested in improving water quality, the Iowa Watershed Resource Library was unveiled today by the Center for...
  • Environment
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Nebraska is facing a growing problem, with obesity rankings in the top quarter of states among high school students and an even higher ranking for obese adults. To help reverse this...
  • Small Towns
PIERCE, NEBRASKA – Entrepreneurs and business owners in the Pierce area are invited to a workshop focused on financial literacy. This event is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs and Pierce...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Jessica Campos, of Grand Island, Nebraska, has been appointed director of the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center. The Women...
  • Small Business
LYONS, NEBRASKA – In October, students in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, competed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Crunch...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
LYONS, NEBRASKA – As part of a project focusing on elevating the stories of rural climate leaders, the Center for Rural Affairs today released a series of fact sheets focused on building rural...
  • Environment
COLUMBUS, NEBRASKA – Small business owners and managers, aspiring business owners, and community partners are invited to Tuesday Table Talks on Feb. 4, at Opportunity Central, 4860 33rd Ave., Columbus...
  • Small Business
NEVADA, IOWA—Today, during her Condition of the State Address, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced plans to propose a one cent sales tax increase that would include the necessary three-eighths of one...
  • Environment
SCRIBNER, NEBRASKA – Business owners are invited to attend a free marketing workshop in Scribner, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs, Scribner Area Chamber of Commerce, and Freyday Freelance...
  • Small Business
AURORA, NEBRASKA – Business owners are invited to attend a marketing workshop in Aurora, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and Freyday Freelance. The course,...
  • Small Business
PAPILLION, NEBRASKA – Nebraska’s food system will be the focus of a one-day summit set for industry leaders on Feb. 4, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at CHI Midlands Conference Center, 11111 South 84th St., in...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
BEATRICE, NEBRASKA – Community members are invited to a conversation about legislative issues on Thursday, Jan. 30, in Beatrice. Hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs, this free event will be held...
  • Small Towns
AUBURN, NEBRASKA – Existing, transitioning, and start-up small business owners have an opportunity to examine their ventures in “Business Plan Basics,” a free workshop organized by the Center for...
  • Small Business
O'NEILL, NEBRASKA – Aprenda acerca del papel e importancia de las abejas en la producción de alimentos, cómo dan forma a nuestros paisajes naturales y apoyan la fauna en una clase gratuita presentada...
  • Farm and Food
O'NEILL, NEBRASKA – Learn about the role and importance of bees in food production, and how they shape our natural landscapes and support other wildlife in a free workshop hosted by the Center for...
  • Farm and Food
WISNER, NEBRASKA – Small business owners and managers, aspiring business owners, and community partners are invited to Coffee Tables for the Cuming and Burt counties area. The networking event is...
  • Small Business
PENDER, NEBRASKA – Business owners are invited to attend a marketing workshop in Pender, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs, Pender Community Center, and Freyday Freelance. The course,...
  • Small Business
SUPERIOR, NEBRASKA – A workshop for business owners interested in learning about everything involved in the employee hiring process is set for Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Superior, hosted by the Center for...
  • Small Business
Fremont, Nebraska - The Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a free workshop for aspiring farmers, people who own or co-own more than 40 acres, may have inherited farmland, or are experiencing...
  • Farm and Food
MADRID, IOWA—A trio of local community leaders have been announced as panelists for an upcoming Rural Resiliency Forum in Madrid. Steve Carlson, Emily Coll, and Amy Yoakum, all members of the Boone...
  • Small Towns