Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America


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Posts on Regator:1180
Posts / Week:2.5
Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

This conservation funding opportunity may be for you

Farmers and ranchers, there’s a great conservation funding opportunity from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) that you can take advantage of. The NRCS is accepting initial applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) at its local offices and on its website until Feb. Show More Summary

2017 Brings Tough Budget Choices in Nebraska

By Mary Kuhlman, reposted from Public News Service LINCOLN,  Neb. – Nebraska rings in the New Year faced with a looming revenue shortfall – nearly $900 million heading into the next budget cycle for 2019.  And while it's a touchy subject,...Show More Summary

You are the force that makes our values come alive

As we close out the year, I wanted to share some reflections on our work. 1. Center staff, board and grassroots supporters are fantastic people - As I crisscross the state and the country visiting with Center folks, I’ve come to see how deeply you care about your community. Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2016: 100 Years of Anti-Corporate Farming Laws

It's official! The first day of 2017 is here. What better way to kick it off than with a look at our most viewed post in 2016, authored by Brian Depew, our Executive Director. This piece is a throwback to a popular post Brian and past Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook wrote (so it's a throwback of a throwback). Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2016: Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month

At an early age, Executive Director Brian Depew learned to care about his community and the world around him. In our second highest viewed post of 2016, Brian shares what we can do to keep our rural hospitals open and serving local residents Rural...Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2016: Because of people like Aida, the American dream is still alive

Today we share number three in our top five posts countdown, the story of one dynamic lady. Jordan Feyerherm and our Farm and Community team have been working with community leaders like Aida throughout Nebraska. In Hastings, Aida helped link our staff to the right people (since she knows everyone!) and has supported us along the way. Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2016: Part 2 - Immigrants and Latinos Bring Economic Growth to Rural Communities

The year in review countdown continues with a piece by Brian Hanson, senior policy associate. Since joining us in June, Brian has taken a hard look at trends in rural America. One of his first projects was taking a look at economic and...Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2016: A Policy Agenda to Support Beginning Farmers

Countdown time! With less than one week remaining in 2016, we thought a recap was in order. So here's a review of the five best Center stories of the year, chosen by the most views on our website. Number five was drawn from remarks made...Show More Summary

Sunshine without net metering

South Dakota once carried the official moniker of “the Sunshine State,” and is one of only three states without net metering policies. But what does net metering have to do with sunshine and why has South Dakota, a state with a strong...Show More Summary

Energy efficiency starts at home

There is a degree of irony discussing energy efficiency during a time of year when many homes are lit like runways. Yet, the cost of a running a few twinkling lights, LEDs of course, pales in comparison to the dollars in heating costs that escape through drafty windows or a furnace in need of a tune-up. Show More Summary

Rural Americans as Climate Champions

Over 97% of climate scientists concur climate change is happening at an unprecedented rate, is driven in large part by human activity, and is already having catastrophic consequences for communities around the world. Several years ago,...Show More Summary

Rural electric cooperatives help customers save money

We talk a lot about renewable energy at the Center for Rural Affairs. A big reason for that is because new renewable energy projects can provide a lot of benefits to rural communities – things like new tax revenue to fund local essential...Show More Summary

New Transmission Key to Connecting Renewables

The Midwest and Great Plains is an area that has a bright future in renewable energy, especially in rural areas. Besides bringing cheap and clean energy to these states, renewable energy also brings new manufacturing and income sources that can reinvigorate local economies. Show More Summary

Sandoval receives Outstanding Service Award

Juan Sandoval, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center director, received the 2016 Outstanding Service Award from the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force on Nov. 17 at the Innovation Campus in Lincoln. TheShow More Summary

Health care in uncertain times

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, has not always been an agreeable issue. Some say it is expensive, while others say their lives have been saved by access to health insurance. By looking...Show More Summary

10 things I have learned in my 10 years with the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

Dena Beck, senior project leader and south central loan specialist with the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), a program of the Center for Rural Affairs, was honored for 10 years of employment in November. Small business isShow More Summary

One goal for Bloomfield: 100 percent energy independence

Of the many lessons learned from the 2016 presidential election, this one cannot be ignored: Americans across the political spectrum are demanding an economic system that better distributes wealth and opportunity. With that demand ringing...Show More Summary

Field navigators are trained to help people understand the basics of health insurance

By Ashley Frevert, field navigator, Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Inc., Pender, Neb. “What in the world is a field navigator?” This is a question my family and friends asked me in October 2013, and I still get this question from people in my life and from those I encounter on a weekly basis. Show More Summary

For Brookings, sustainability is more than a buzzword

For the community of Brookings, S.D., sustainability is more than a buzzword touting efforts to be green. Guided by the Brookings Sustainability Council, the community has adopted a holistic perspective and plan of action toward sustainability. Together...Show More Summary

Sign up now for the Conservation Stewardship Program

We’d like to let you know about an open funding opportunity for conservation. The signup process for the updated Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is now open and applications are being accepted. Your initial application is due Feb. Show More Summary

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