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.

Mark and Connie Tjelmeland live in McCallsburg, Iowa. Over the years, Mark and Connie Tjelmeland have prioritized our natural resources and climate through various conservation practices on their farm near McCallsburg, Iowa. Operation Practices extended rotation. Established 5 acres of pollinator...
  • Environment
Jen and Meredith Hinson own Clara's Garden and live in Mediapolis, Iowa. Jen and Meredith Hinson, mother-daughter business owners, implement various sustainable practices, from sourcing their florals to how they dispose of remnants and used products. Their flower shop, Clara’s Garden, is focused on...
  • Environment
By Jon M. Bailey for the Center for Rural Affairs with assistance from Jordan Rasmussen Key findings • Nebraska ranks in the top half of most obese states for high school students, and adults, and the challenges grow as the Nebraska population ages. • The state of Nebraska is looking at a cost of...
  • Rural Health
  • Small Towns
At the Center for Rural Affairs, all of our work ties into our set of values. One value in particular, “Genuine OPPORTUNITY for all to earn a living, raise a family, and prosper in a rural place” strikes a chord.
  • Small Towns
"Building Climate Resiliency" is a series of four fact sheets that focus on building rural resiliency in the face of climate change. These are a part of the Center for Rural Affairs' climate project focusing on elevating the stories of rural climate leaders. The fact sheets focus on: Educators Rural...
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
"Building Climate Resiliency" is a series of four fact sheets that focus on building rural resiliency in the face of climate change. These are a part of the Center for Rural Affairs' climate project focusing on elevating the stories of rural climate leaders. The fact sheets focus on: Educators Rural...
  • Environment
  • Small Business
"Building Climate Resiliency" is a series of four fact sheets that focus on building rural resiliency in the face of climate change. These are a part of the Center for Rural Affairs' climate project focusing on elevating the stories of rural climate leaders. The fact sheets focus on: Educators Rural...
  • Environment
"Construyendo la resiliencia climática" es una serie de cuatro hojas informativas que se enfocan en la construcción de la resiliencia rural frente al cambio climático. Estos son parte del proyecto climático del Centro de Asuntos Rurales que se enfoca en elevar las historias de los líderes climáticos...
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
"Building Climate Resiliency" is a series of four fact sheets that focus on building rural resiliency in the face of climate change. These are a part of the Center for Rural Affairs' climate project focusing on elevating the stories of rural climate leaders. The fact sheets focus on: Educators...
  • Environment
Across the U.S., the solar industry is booming. Solar project sites often occupy several acres of land and are projected to cover 3 million acres by 2030. To produce 10 percent of Iowa’s electricity from solar energy, 13,440 acres would need to be occupied by solar arrays—offering an opportunity for...
  • Environment
As stakeholders in Iowa’s 56 hydrologic unit code 8 (HUC-8) watersheds look to improve resiliency through conservation practice adoption, education and outreach, and long-term planning, securing funds for these activities is often a challenge. This fact sheet contains a list of local strategies...
  • Environment
As Iowa looks to address its water quality problem, enabling success through watershed-level planning and project implementation is a crucial step. Developing a watershed management plan is an early part of the water quality improvement process that enables local buy-in and jump starts action in a...
  • Environment
What is a Watershed Management Authority? A Watershed Management Authority (WMA) is a chapter 28E cooperative agreement among cities, counties, and soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) that enables them to work collaboratively on watershed planning and management within a Hydrologic Unit...
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Valorie and Terry Zach own Whitetail River Lodge. Through the Center, Valorie received one-on- one assistance on online marketing, as well as a loan for working capital for her business. Home away from home Valorie and Terry have owned Whitetail River Lodge for 12 years. It sits near Niobrara...
  • Small Business
Danelle and Josh Nutt own Nutt Family Jams and Jellies. The jams and jellies are homemade using fruits and vegetables grown on the Nutt family’s acreage outside Ravenna, Nebraska. Jams and jellies turn into career Danelle, and her husband, Josh, came up with the idea for their family business more...
  • Small Business
This 2020 calendar illustrates month-by-month the accomplishments you helped us achieve in 2019. From our executive director Dear Friends, We accomplished so much together this year. Your actions, advice, and donations made a difference. You connected people to the farmers who grow their food. You...
  • Small Towns
The Center for Rural Affairs is working with schools across the state of Nebraska to revamp greenhouse programs. While school greenhouses can be utilized in a variety of ways, our goal is the cultivation of nutritious produce that can be returned to the study body, bringing the greenhouse into the...
  • Small Towns
Last March, I had the opportunity to visit south central Kansas where I met Gene Albers who is starting to transition his farm to the next generation.
  • Small Towns
Mariel and Anthony Barreras own Barreras Family Farm near Blair, Nebraska. They always wanted to farm, but being in the military and moving so frequently made it difficult. Seven years ago, while stationed in California, their landlord abandoned 25 chickens and five turkeys. They were thrown into it...
  • Farm and Food
Matt and Emely Hendl own Anchor Meadow Farm near Milford, Nebraska. Matt served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. Emely’s professional background is in marketing and retail. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Matt went to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He was interested in ag education, and wanted to...
  • Farm and Food