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Established in 2021, Farm to Family Cooperative is a community grocery store located in Hay Springs, Nebraska.
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Quince familias de Oneida pertenecen a la Cooperativa Ohe∙láku. Los miembros registran sus horas en un grupo privado de Facebook. Al final de la temporada, el maíz se divide por la cantidad de horas que se invirtieron. Hay un umbral mínimo de 50 horas de trabajo voluntario por año. Los nuevos miembros se unen como aprendices, lo que se conoce como “Under the Wing” (bajo el ala).
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Members of the Ohe∙láku Cooperative, located in Oneida, Wisconsin, work together to grow their own corn. This case study explores how they started, what it all entails, and more.
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Throughout this issue, we focus on one of our organization's core values: "RESPONSIBILITY placed upon each of us to contribute to our community and society."
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Independent local meat processors are a vital component of resilient food systems. They contribute to the rural economy, provide a needed service to livestock producers, and ensure quality meat is readily available.
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Anchor Meadow Farm, located in Milford, Nebraska, offers high-quality pork from KuneKune pigs, free range eggs, honey, and beeswax items.
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On Dec. 8, 2021, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a historic $100 million investment of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds for water infrastructure and water quality efforts. Of that, $5 million was made available for nonpoint source Watershed Protection Projects that address water quality, and focus...
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As solar projects across the nation continue to expand, solar grazing has emerged as a valuable tool. Using livestock to manage vegetation at solar sites can enhance site value by keeping land in agricultural use, providing new income streams for local farmers, and adding environmental benefits such as decreased erosion and enhanced soil health.
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A medida que los proyectos solares en todo el país continúan expandiéndose, el pastoreo solar se ha convertido en una herramienta valiosa. El uso de ganado para administrar la vegetación en los sitios solares puede mejorar el valor del sitio al mantener la tierra en uso agrícola, proporcionar nuevas fuentes de ingresos para los agricultores locales y agregar beneficios ambientales como una disminución de la erosión y una mejor salud del suelo.
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Long-term viability of farms and ranches depends on the sustained health of soil and water resources. However, most conservation practices require a front-end investment from farmers and ranchers, which can serve as a barrier for implementation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a number of federal programs that take different approaches to supporting farmers, ranchers, and landowners in preserving natural resources.
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This 2022 calendar illustrates month-by-month the accomplishments you helped us achieve in 2021.
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Owners of microbusinesses, sole proprietors, and farmers need to make sure they are prepared in the event of a major flood. Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S. Being well-prepared minimizes the impact on business. Having a plan in place protects not only operations, but people.
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Los propietarios de microempresas, los propietarios únicos y los agricultores deben asegurarse de estar preparados en caso de una inundación importante. Las inundaciones son el desastre natural más común y costoso en los EE. UU. Estar bien preparado minimiza el impacto en las empresas. Tener un plan implementado protege no sólo las operaciones, sino también a las personas. El Center for Rural Affairs ha desarrollado la siguiente lista de verificación para facilitar una planificación rápida y sencilla.
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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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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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A couple of years ago, the Center began a new area of work, focusing on bringing communities together through inclusive activities. One of these projects is featured on the front page of this newsletter.
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Some farmers in the Midwest and Great Plains opt to grow small grains as part of their operations. Their reasons range from conservation benefits to the requirements of organic certification to local markets they have identified. However, while small grains do have benefits on the landscape, they come with associated risks. To manage that risk, one tool available to farmers is federal crop insurance.
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Opportunity begins in youth. In this edition, we learn about how UMÓⁿHOⁿ Nation Public School students are cultivating their own food while learning about their language and customs. I had the chance to visit their thriving seven-acre garden, and I am so proud of the Center’s role in this big project.
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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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La apicultura se ve diferente en cada estado y en cada clima. Esta hoja informativa proporciona un ejemplo del año promedio para un apicultor de Nebraska.
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