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 – Thirty-five Nebraska farmers, in support of conservation and beginning farmer programs in the 2018 farm bill, recently signed and sent a letter to Deb Fischer, Nebraska’s senior U.S...
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – Today, the House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, its draft of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the farm bill. Representatives voted 198 in favor...
  • Farm and Food
TILDEN, NEBRASKA – A two-part QuickBooks workshop will be offered to local entrepreneurs and business owners on Thursday, May 24, and Thursday, May 31. This free event is sponsored by the Center for...
  • Small Business
RENO COUNTY, KANSAS – Nearly 50 Kansas farmers, in support of conservation and crop insurance practices in the 2018 farm bill, recently signed and sent a letter to Sen. Pat Roberts who chairs the U.S...
  • Small Towns
Consumer demand for organically-produced goods is growing across the U.S., with organic sales accounting for more than 4 percent of total food sales.
  • Farm and Food
LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has been awarded a $200,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.
  • Small Towns
ATKINSON, NEBRASKA – A two-part QuickBooks workshop will be offered to local entrepreneurs and business owners on Wednesday, May 23. This free workshop is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’...
  • Small Towns
BLAIR, NEBRASKA – Women who own or manage farmland are invited to a farm tour and learning circle on conservation practices and reducing risk, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.
  • Farm and Food
Lyons, Neb. - Kim Preston, of Lyons, Nebraska, has been appointed interim director of the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center.
  • Small Business
Lincoln, Neb. - Military veterans who are farming or who are interested in farming are invited to a free, one-day tour near Lincoln, Nebraska, on Thursday, May 24.
  • Farm and Food
Nevada, Iowa - A candidate forum for Senate District 25 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and Iowa League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County.
  • Small Towns
Falls City, Neb. - Small business owners are invited to learn about online marketing tools in an interactive setting during “Online Marketing Strategies,” a free workshop organized by the Center for...
  • Small Business
Lyons, Nebraska - The Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors voted to back the Nebraska Medicaid expansion ballot campaign at their recent quarterly meeting.
  • Rural Health
Lyons, Neb. - Today, the House Agriculture Committee passed the draft of the farm bill, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, that they released last week. During their meeting today, the...
  • Small Towns
Lyons, Neb. - Brian Depew, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs based in Lyons, Nebraska, has been named to the 2018 cohort of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)...
  • Small Towns
Lyons, Neb. - Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson said today that the released draft of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the farm bill, has several...
  • Small Towns
Cozad, Neb. - Existing, transitioning, and startup small business owners have an opportunity to examine their ventures in “Business Plan Basics,” a workshop organized by the Center for Rural Affairs’...
  • Small Business
Crete, Neb. - Prospective business owners are invited to learn about available resources at a free workshop offered in Spanish, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance...
  • Small Business
Lyons, Neb. - A major wave of consolidation that kicked off in 2016 continues to move forward with the U.S. Department of Justice allowing chemical producer Bayer to acquire the U.S. based seed...
  • Farm and Food
Lyons, Neb. - Nebraska lawmakers skipped debate on three property tax reform bills on Monday, ensuring this session will come to a close without reaching a comprehensive solution to one of the state’s...
  • Small Towns