Reports & Publications

We aren't afraid of the weeds. The people living in rural America deserve a serious and in-depth look at the issues and forces impacting their communities.

Everyone needs health coverage to see a doctor when they get sick or injured. But right now, about 97,000 Nebraskans have no way to get affordable health insurance. They make too little money to afford private insurance, but they also don’t qualify for Medicaid. These people are stuck with no solution in what we call “the coverage gap.”
  • Rural Health
Inside this Issue: Farm Girl Journal Captures the Unfettered Joy of Growing Up on a Farm, Wind Turbines Bring Economic Development Dollars to a Small Town in Minnesota, and more.
  • Small Towns
The Center for Rural Affairs along with Mike Duffy, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Iowa State University, will release a report that explores the impact subsidized crop insurance places on land values. Duffy’s research shows that subsidized crop insurance indeed has an impact on land values. He...
  • Farm and Food
We tried something new for our latest annual report. We created a calendar to illustrate month-by-month the accomplishments you helped us achieve in the last year. From starting new businesses to to stewarding our land and water, to transforming the food our children eat, your donations and your...
  • Small Towns
Nebraska is one of 17 states not adopting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. This has left more than 79,000 individuals in a “coverage gap.” Each individual covered through an expanded Medicaid program could save $1,100 on out-of-pocket health costs each year. When spent locally...
  • Rural Health
Inside this Issue: Strengthening Communities through Welcoming and Inclusion, REAP Achieves Top 10 Position in National Lending, and more.
  • Small Towns
Hear three stories of how Nebraska farmers made the school connection in farm to school. Justin Jones, President of Lone Tree Foods, shares how Lone Tree connects food producers to eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa schools. Food Service Director of Pius X schools, Tini Van-Oehlertz shares her...
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Welcome to this special edition of our newsletter, focusing on farm to school.
  • Small Towns
This webinar, designed for Nebraska food producers, discussed key points for farmers and ranchers to consider when you work with schools as a market opportunity. You get to walk in a food service director’s shoes with Donna Handley, School Lunch Program Specialist with the Nebraska Department of...
  • Small Towns
We kicked off our first of three Farm to School webinars by listening to three Nebraska food service staff. They shared how and why they have participated in local food procurement and farm to school activities. The stories ranged from scratch cooking techniques and working with local farmers and...
  • Small Towns
This issue brief anchored a project to create a food policy council for Nebraska. It is intended to get you thinking about the opportunities and challenges to be faced in developing food policy councils. The data is Nebraska-specific, but you can use the structure and ideas to tackle the same quest in your location.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
In this report, we outline best practices for developing local and regional food systems in the state. First-hand information came from interviews we conducted with individuals, organizations, and institutions involved in the production, marketing, and usage of local food. They are documented...
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Towns
This is the final report of a task force on Nebraska tax reform. It was commissioned by the Center for Rural Affairs and published in January 1992. The task force found that Nebraska's tax system suffered from three major faults: Nebraska depends too heavily on property tax. It provided 46 percent...
  • Small Business
The 1974 Center for Rural Affairs report on vertical integration and large-scale hog production – "Who Will Sit Up With The Corporate Sow?" – accurately predicted the most onerous impacts that consolidation and vertical integration would have on family farm hog producers over the last 30 years. The...
  • Farm and Food