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The Center for Rural Affairs conducted a research project with outside beekeepers, designed to compare and highlight four alternative hive structures: Nuc, Shallow, Top Bar, and Long Langstroth.
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The Center for Rural Affairs conducted a research project with outside beekeepers, designed to compare and highlight four alternative hive structures: Nuc, Shallow, Top Bar, and Long Langstroth.
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Este es un ejemplo de la vida real de un apicultor principiante. Lea este estudio de caso para obtener sugerencias y consejos.
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Este es un ejemplo de la vida real de un apicultor principiante. Lea este estudio de caso para obtener sugerencias y consejos.
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Para bajar esta publicación en español haga clic aquí. This is a real-life example of a start-up beekeeper, Martha Pinto. Martha keeps bees near Omaha, Nebraska. Read this case study for tips and advice. To learn more about our work with beginning farmers and beekeepers, click here.
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This is a real-life example of a start-up beekeeper, Adam Barreras. Adam keeps bees near Omaha, Nebraska. Read this case study for tips and advice. To learn more about our work with beginning farmers and beekeepers, click here.
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What is the best thing about traveling? Visiting small towns, hands down. I haven’t traveled much in the last couple of years due to the pandemic, but I was able to get to Georgia and Colorado for weddings, Arizona and Utah for a conference, and Minnesota for an actual vacation (because North Shore of Lake Superior is my all-time favorite).
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In 2021, Congress set into motion the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a multi-faceted economic stimulus package. Within it, $350 billion was earmarked for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. The amount of money a jurisdiction received was based on population. Funds must be obligated...
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Noticias sobre Pequeñas Empresas del Center for Rural Affairs, incluyen historias seleccionadas de éxito de empresarios de Nebraska asistidos por nuestros programas e información que puede necesitar para iniciar o expandir su negocio.
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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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Si estás interesado/a en tener autosostenibilidad y mejorar la economía de tu negocio agrícola, esta serie de 12 partes es para ti.
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Across the U.S., the solar industry is booming. Solar project sites often occupy several acres of land and are projected to cover 2 million acres by 2030. To produce 1 megawatt of electricity (enough to power approximately 130 homes in Nebraska), utility-scale solar plants may require five to 10...
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El programa de Beneficio del Crédito Tributario para Microempresas de Nebraska está diseñado solo y para propietarios de pequeñas empresas en Nebraska. Es un crédito tributario reembolsable para el 20% de las inversiones comerciales elegibles hasta $20,000 durante toda la vida. ¿ERES ELEGIBLE? Todos...
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During the last couple of months, I have assisted our staff with creating soil health videos. These videos will soon be available on our YouTube channel. On one particular farm visit, we taped Sharon Oamek, owner of Honey Creek Creamery near Crescent, Iowa. She raises goats and brings a lot of folks to her operation with agritourism—goat yoga and goat hikes. In addition, she runs a restaurant during the summer months featuring gelato and cheeses she makes.
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Some farmers opt to grow small grains, such as barley, oats, rye, and wheat, as part of their operations. Their reasons range from conservation benefits to the requirements of organic certification to local or specialty markets they have identified.
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Wind farm development brings numerous economic benefits to the counties and local communities where the farms are located. Among the perks are direct payments to landowners who host turbines and employment opportunities in the area during the construction and operation of a project. In some cases...
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Solar energy development brings numerous economic benefits to the counties and local communities in which it occurs. This includes direct payments to landowners who host solar arrays and new employment opportunities during the construction and operation of a project. In addition, installations...
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The Independent Processor Assistance Program (IPAP) is designed to improve and expand Nebraska’s meat-processing capabilities. Grants are available through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) for new and existing small- and medium-sized meat processors to facilitate improvements or...
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Renewable energy continues to be a growing industry in the U.S., especially in states like Iowa and Nebraska where wind energy accounted for 57% and 24%, respectively, of the total electricity generation in 2020. The share of renewable energy in the U.S. electricity generation mix is projected to...
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Iowa’s 27 Watershed Management Authorities (WMAs) cover 40% of the state, putting local leaders in the driver’s seat to address water concerns such as flooding and water quality. Together, they have made demonstrable progress, working with landowners to install more than 1,900 voluntary conservation...
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