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LB 176 not good for ranchers

Nebraska LB 176 is a bill that will harm competition in Nebraska by weakening our state’s Competitive Livestock Markets Act.

I am a fourth generation Nebraska cattle producer with young children. I am convinced that Nebraska’s Competitive Livestock Markets Act helped ensure my opportunity to begin taking over my parents’ cattle operation. I am also convinced that if we do not defend our Competitive Livestock Markets Act, my children will not have the same opportunity that I have to farm or ranch.

Rural Career Opportunities Highlighted for FFA Conference

The Center for Rural Affairs Farm to School Program recently participated in the Pathways to Careers Conference held by Nebraska FFA. Both FFA advisors and students came to the Center for Rural Affairs session to learn more about Farm to School programs and resources.

Sarah Smith, our Farm to School Lead, along with Robert Bernt, from Clear Creek Organics Farm, and Janice Reynolds, School Food Service Director at Litchfield Public Schools, spoke to students about career opportunities available within rural Nebraska, especially in agriculture and school food services. FFA advisors were also given information on current agricultural lessons being used with classrooms and school cafeterias throughout Nebraska.

How to Use Barnraiser to Fund Your School Garden or Food Project

Calling all foodies, farmers, school food service professionals, chefs, and anyone who loves all things food related. Have you discovered Barnraiser, the "#1 crowdfunding community for good food & healthy living,” according to their website.

Farm to School programs can benefit from the program, as well as farmers looking to fund expanding operations or offset start-up costs. The crowdfunding site has backing from Slow Food USA and the National Farm to School Network.

Attracting Pollinators with a Pollinator Garden

Pollinators are insects and animals that transport pollen from plant to plant to fertilize the plant so it produces fruit or seeds. There are more than 1.000 different plants grown for spices, foods, beverages, and medicine that are dependent on pollinators. In fact, in the US alone, pollinators account for more than $40 billion worth of products annually.

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