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La apicultura se ve diferente en cada estado y en cada clima diferente. Esta hoja informativa proporciona un ejemplo del año promedio de un apicultor de Nebraska.
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Beekeeping looks different in every state, and in every different climate. This fact sheet provides an example of an average Nebraskan beekeeper's year.
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What do beekeepers need to know about the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP)? Find out in this fact sheet.
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Administrado por la Agencia de Servicios Agrícolas (FSA) del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. El programa proporciona pagos a los propietarios de ganado, incluyendo a las abejas melíferas, cuando experimentan pérdidas debido a enfermedades, condiciones climáticas adversas o incendios forestales.
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The renewable energy landscape is changing. Wind turbine and solar panel technology has improved dramatically over the past several decades and is now producing a significant proportion of our energy across the Midwest. Renewables are quickly becoming the future of energy. What led to this shift and...
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Nebraska has great renewable energy potential. As this capability is capitalized upon, rural communities experience numerous benefits from wind, solar, storage, and electric transmission development, including tax generation that is invested back into local communities, new revenue generation in the...
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In May 2021, Center for Rural Affairs staff members Erin Schoenberg and Kirstin Bailey filmed an "alternative" farm tour to share with an online audience.
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Renewable energy offers economic benefits to rural areas and counties where projects are typically located. Notable benefits include direct payments to landowners that establish a new, steady source of income, as well as creating new jobs related to the development, construction, and operation of...
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For many producers, conservation is an important tool in keeping their farm or ranch resilient for years to come. One way producers can receive support for implementing conservation practices is through programs offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). For farmers and ranchers...
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Throughout this issue, we focus on one of our organization’s core values: “CONSCIENCE that balances self-interest with an obligation to the common good and future generations.”
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A survey of 100 farmers by the Soil Health Institute found those who implemented soil health practices reported an average increased net farm income of $52/acre for corn and $45/acre for soybeans. Soil health is a Nebraska statewide priority for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)...
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For Nicole Saville and her partner, Paul, the dream of farming land became reality five years ago. Growing medicinal and culinary herbs, sold at farmers markets in Nebraska, grew from a passion of sustainable agriculture. Due to land inaccessibility, Nicole and Paul will discontinue farming at the conclusion of 2021.
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The Center for Rural Affairs' Small Business News includes select success stories on Nebraska entrepreneurs assisted by our programs and information that you may need to start or grow your business.
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This edition starts with a story about Josie Vitosh, the recipient of our first home loan. I very much enjoyed meeting Josie and telling her story. By providing a way for her to buy the little blue house, we help one more individual stay in a rural community, and in this case, a hometown that means so much. This is just the start of an exciting new area of work.
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Food insecurity does not occur in a vacuum; it occurs, and persists, in relation to certain contextual factors in the communities where it is present. Naturally, where unemployment is high, where the local economy is weak, where fresh food is hard to access, and where social ties are unstable, food insecurity will be higher.
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Establecida: 2015 Tipo de granjas: Producción animal, con variedad de cortes de carne Información de miembro: Actualmente 40 granjas, pero comenzó con solo siete. Base de operaciones en Clinton, Arkansas, pero las granjas con membresia estan ubicadas en todo el país y el personal corporativo trabaja de forma remota. Se agregan nuevas granjas como miembros dependiendo de la demanda del mercado.
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Establecido en: 2015 Tipo de granjas: Vegetal Número de miembros: Actualmente tenemos tres miembros, pero el número ha oscilado entre tres y cinco agricultores a lo largo de los años. Somos una cooperativa informal.
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Iowa state Rep. Chad Ingels joins Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Cody Smith to discuss strategies to build resilient rural communities. Rep. Ingels represents House District 64, which includes all of Fayette County and much of Buchanan County. Some communities in this district include...
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Nathan Beacom, senior policy associate for the Center for Rural Affairs, is joined by Nebraska state Sen. John McCollister and Amanda Sindelar, economic development director for the City of Atkinson, to discuss issues surrounding food access in rural areas and Legislative Bill 108, which aims to...
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Buying locally produced food has a host of benefits for Nebraska: It is fresher, healthier, and more flavorful, it strengthens the local economy, and it is better for the environment. Dollars spent on local foods stay in our communities, helping our small businesses and small farms while supporting...
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