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Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

Filed Under:Industries / Agriculture
Posts on Regator:678
Posts / Week:2
Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Keeping the Value Added Producer Grant Program on Target

By Traci Bruckner on May 19, 2014 - 12:00am USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants Program (VAPG) provides competitive grants to help farmers and ranchers develop high-value, niche markets. With lots of rural and small town support, the Center for Rural affairs worked diligently to keep the program in the 2014 farm bill. Show More Summary

Rural America's Turn to Pave Way for Clean Energy Future

By Lucas Nelsen on May 21, 2014 - 2:19pm Last week, Clean Line Energy Partners received approval to move ahead with one of their new and innovative Great Plains transmission projects. The Grain Belt Express is a transmission line that will carry wind energy from western Kansas to customers in Missouri, Illinois, and the eastern United States. Show More Summary

A Better Deal for Farmers and Ranchers

By John Crabtree on May 21, 2014 - 11:38am Today the Center released a technical report, Landowner Compensation in Transmission Siting for Renewable Energy Facilities. It evaluates a new concept in landowner compensation, the Special...Show More Summary

Use of Food Stamps Rises in Burt County

By Guest Writer on May 16, 2014 - 5:57am The use of food stamps in Burt County (home to the Center's main Nebraska office) increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending, and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. Show More Summary

It’s Springtime in Rural America, and that Means Newborn Livestock!

By Elisha Smith on May 14, 2014 - 12:15pm Spring is a time of growth, renewal, and birth. For many cattle producers, springtime means calving season is underway. It’s when the foundation for the operation’s profitability is laid. ItShow More Summary

Action on Climate Change Crucial

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on May 12, 2014 - 12:00am Climate Change is happening, human activity is the primary cause, and without action consequences will be dire. That’s the overarching message of the National Climate Assessment, released on May 7th. Show More Summary

Moving from Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska

By Virginia Meyer on May 9, 2014 - 11:43am From Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska Sheldon Station is an aging coal-fired power plant constructed in 1958 near Hallam, Nebraska. Sheldon Station is the biggest polluter in Lancaster County, and changing environmental regulations make continuing operations at Sheldon Station uneconomical. Show More Summary

Milo Alexander Named REAP Friend of the Year

By Dena Beck on May 7, 2014 - 7:16am Milo Alexander retired in July of 2013 from Creighton School of Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic. At Creighton, he directed the school’s program to assist micro businesses and nonprofits in rural areas across Nebraska and western Iowa. Show More Summary

Rural Voices for Climate Change

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on May 6, 2014 - 5:19am On March 30, the Center for Rural Affairs co-hosted an agriculture and climate discussion panel with Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Bethesda Lutheran Church, and Citizens Climate Lobby. Show More Summary

New Grassfed Beef Option for Small Farms

By Traci Bruckner on May 5, 2014 - 1:08pm In April, small grass-fed beef producers received some great news. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced the creation of a new certification option for smaller, grass-fed beef producers. Show More Summary

Women Farmers and Aspiring Farmers, Let's Talk

By Virginia Meyer on May 5, 2014 - 1:08pm Some of the most inspiring people I've met while working at the Center for Rural Affairs are women farmers and ranchers. They are an amazing and supportive group, willing to offer advice and help each other out. Show More Summary

Happening Around the Center: Graduations and Welcomes

By Marie Powell on May 3, 2014 - 11:39am It's a spring tradition of ours to recognize graduations of staff and family members. With great fanfare, it's our pleasure to announce this year's honorees! Auston Darnell, son of Tris and Brook Darnell, will graduate from Bancroft Rosalie High School on May 16, 2014. Show More Summary

Will the Programs You Need Get Funded?

By Steph Larsen on May 2, 2014 - 7:07am Springtime in Washington, DC – the cherries are in bloom, the weather is erratic, and legislators start “the appropriations process.” The what?! The appropriations process, or “approps” as theShow More Summary

REAP Hispanic Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year

By Nancy Flock on May 2, 2014 - 7:05am Diana E. Vazquez is no stranger to hard work and is a prime example of a very determined entrepreneur. She has owned and operated Fascinación, in Lexington, Nebraska, for over 10 years. Her days begin early and end late because Fascinación is open daily from 8:00 a.m. Show More Summary

Clarity Comes to the Clean Water Act

By Steph Larsen on May 1, 2014 - 9:47am We use gallons of it every day and can’t live without it. Clear, clean, fresh water. Many of us depend on usable surface water for drinking, irrigation, cleaning, or livestock. And we have the Clean Water Act to thank. Show More Summary

A Victory for Balanced Use of Public Land

By Steph Larsen on April 30, 2014 - 6:20am What do you get when you put three western state legislators and a county commissioner in a room with some of the most powerful people in Washington, DC?  A whole lot of smiles, handshakes, and some fast walking and serious advocacy. Show More Summary

Medicaid Expansion Life and Death Issue

By Jon Bailey on April 28, 2014 - 12:00am Charlene Dill was a 33 year old mother of three in Orlando, Florida. She worked three jobs to support her family. She had a treatable heart condition. Charlene also fell into the “coverage gap”...Show More Summary

Secretary of Interior responds to calls for balanced public land use

By John Crabtree on April 28, 2014 - 12:00am In late March the Center for Rural Affairs led a delegation of western elected officials to Washington, D.C. to call for balancing energy development with other important uses on public lands. Show More Summary

Nelsons Receive Entrepreneur of the Year Award

By Jeff Reynolds on April 29, 2014 - 8:01am Bling By Zing, a small custom rhinestone apparel and bling party business based in Papillion, Nebraska, earned Entrepreneur of the Year honors for its owners by the Center for Rural Affairs and REAP. Show More Summary

Fewer Mid-Sized Farms in Operation

By Traci Bruckner on April 28, 2014 - 3:50am The Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that helps policymakers understand the agricultural landscape. Ultimately, it helps them design effective policy that responds to...Show More Summary

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