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Recent posts by Rhea Landholm

Celebrate local businesses on Nov. 25

Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore – a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping, and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike, and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000.

I would peruse toy racks at the pharmacy and hardware store; drool over bulk candy at the grocery store and the flower shop; and peer at notepads in the glass case at the newspaper office. These locally-owned businesses received all of my hard-earned quarters.

America's family farmers and ranchers let down 

Family farmers and ranchers have waited years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to institute basic fairness protections in the poultry and livestock industries.

However, last week, officials announced a rollback of two rules of the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA); decided not to move forward with an interim final rule of the Farmer Fair Practices; and said they will take no further action on a proposed regulation of the Farmer Fair Practices Rule.

Center for Rural Affairs September and October newsletter

Note from the editor:

This edition of our newsletter focuses on STEWARDSHIP of the natural environment upon which all of us – current and future generations – rely. 

Lowell and Milissa Osborne, who live on the Omaha Indian Reservation, know what it’s like to be stewards of the land. Bees moved onto their land, so they gave the bees a home and a chance to be productive. They study companion planting and treat the land with care, so the land will take care of them.

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Outhouse Honey Farm is one of 220+ gardens on the Omaha Reservation

Members of the Omaha Tribe are working to improve access to fresh food, starting with growing produce in their own communities. The Center for Rural Affairs has worked alongside them during the last four years.

In 2016, gardeners had a record year with high levels of garden participation – Center staff demonstrated garden soil preparation at more than 100 family garden plots. This year, staff demonstrated in at least 220 family gardens, and at a demonstration plot at Nebraska Indian Community College.

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