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Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

Filed Under:Industries / Agriculture
Posts on Regator:701
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Groundbreaking Rule Will Limit Carbon Emissions

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on July 3, 2014 - 7:02am Every year, our nation’s fossil fuel-fired power plants dump 2.4 billion tons of carbon emissions into our air, accounting for 40% of our nation’s carbon footprint. Carbon dioxide is a known heat-trapping gas and one of the leading causes of climate change. Show More Summary

To Each Their Own: Two Avenues for Farm to School

By Guest Writer on July 2, 2014 - 3:29am The Farm to School Program is all about making connections to bring fresh, locally-raised food into schools. The driving interest may come from the school or from the community. Either way, the goal is the same. Show More Summary

Huerto Air Vista Grand Opening

By Center for Rural Affairs on June 30, 2014 - 9:30pm A Garden's First Year This new garden in Columbus, Nebraska, opened in May 2014. It began by volunteers going door to door in the neighborhood, asking if people were interested in a garden. Show More Summary

People in 4 States Discuss Climate and Agriculture

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on July 1, 2014 - 5:14am Over the past three months, we’ve heard many of you speak your thoughts on climate and agriculture. You have shared common-sense ideas to make rural America more adaptable and resilient...Show More Summary

Putting Art in the Driver’s Seat

By Brian Depew on June 30, 2014 - 5:59am It is summertime in small-town America. People line main street for parades and gather in the park for antique tractor shows. Events like these make a town come alive. We spend a lot of time at the Center for Rural Affairs discussing business development. Show More Summary

Fighting for Your Hopes and Dreams for Rural America

By John Crabtree on June 28, 2014 - 6:48am Here at the Center for Rural Affairs, we enjoy a good debate. In fact, we encourage it. We don’t expect everyone to agree with us. But we’ve been around for 40 years, working diligently to be...Show More Summary

Center Supports Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

By Jon Bailey on June 25, 2014 - 4:29pm We are proud to announce our support for the Nebraskans for Better Wages campaign. It seeks to place a measure on the 2015 ballot to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour (the federal minimum wage) to $9.00 per hour by January 1, 2016. Show More Summary

3 Factors Influence People’s Decision to Move

By Jon Bailey on June 26, 2014 - 4:28am One of the main arguments offered by those who would cut taxes in ways that savage pubic goods like schools and infrastructure is that people vote with their feet – they migrate to states with low or no state and local taxes. Show More Summary

New Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Will Cover Diverse Operations

By Traci Bruckner on June 24, 2014 - 10:59am The US Department of Agriculture has announced a new revenue insurance product for diversified farming operations, Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. The 2014 Farm Bill contained the provision. Show More Summary

Nebraska Needs a Raise

By Jon Bailey on June 18, 2014 - 2:22pm The Center for Rural Affairs is proud to support the Nebraskans for Better Wages campaign, which seeks to place a measure on the 2015 ballot to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour by January 1, 2016. Show More Summary

Down Payment Loans Help Beginning Farmers Buy Farmland

By Traci Bruckner on June 13, 2014 - 2:10pm Two of the biggest barriers for beginning farmers and ranchers are access to land and access to capital. Helping beginning farmers not only find land, but also the capital to purchase land, is important to creating real opportunity for the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Show More Summary

Midwest Prime Real Estate for Wind

By Lucas Nelsen on June 10, 2014 - 3:41am Wind energy is thriving, especially in the Midwest. Known for it’s huge agricultural potential, Midwestern states also have some of the best potential for wind power, making the region prime real estate for wind energy development. Show More Summary

No-Till Is No Quick Fix

By Adele Phillips on June 9, 2014 - 2:06am Are you looking to build your soil carbon? Then you’ll have to do more than simply switch to no-till, research shows. ‘Soil carbon’ refers to carbon held within the soil, usually as organic matter. Show More Summary

Funding Available for Small Business Investments in Renewable Energy

By Virginia Meyer on June 6, 2014 - 3:49am Hey small business owners, your creativity, passion, and drive helped you launch a business in your small town. Investing in renewable energy can help propel your business to the next level....Show More Summary

New Immigrants Deliver Opportunity, Challenges to Small Towns

By Brian Depew on June 5, 2014 - 6:44am Immigration is reshaping the landscape of rural America. A rapidly growing Hispanic population is driving the trend. New immigrants are offsetting population loss, a challenge faced by many small...Show More Summary

Building Your Team for Success: Independent Contractor or Payroll Employee?

By Guest Writer on June 4, 2014 - 3:09pm Hiring Payroll Employees is a BIG responsibility, requiring extra paperwork, costs, and complying with labor laws. They should be seen as a valuable asset to your company and, in return, you should be able to take care of them well. Show More Summary

Corporate Farming Notes: Actively Engaged Rule

By John Crabtree on June 3, 2014 - 5:30am The Center for Rural Affairs worked tirelessly in the last Congressional farm bill debate to ensure small and mid-sized family farmers who actively work and manage their operations are the recipients of farm program payments. Show More Summary

When Supply Exceeds Purchasing Power

By Sarah Smith on June 2, 2014 - 4:12am It didn’t matter how many times Brenda Buchholz drove past Our Little Farm on highway 30 in rural Nebraska. She always slowed to take in the colorful edible farmscape. She imagined what it might...Show More Summary

Carbon Pollution Standards Open Options for Renewable Energy

By Johnathan Hladik on May 30, 2014 - 12:23pm Last month the Center for Rural Affairs filed official comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of proposed New Source Performance Standards. This rule creates first-ever limits on the amount of carbon pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants. Show More Summary

Investing in Conservation Protects our Land and Water

By Traci Bruckner on May 29, 2014 - 2:28pm The Conservation Stewardship Program rewards farmers and ranchers who protect our soil, water, and wildlife, providing benefits that extend beyond their farm or ranch gate. The House Appropriations...Show More Summary

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