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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Too many unknowns in the property tax cut proposal

The Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to begin debate on LB 461 later this week. Tucked within this compilation bill, posed to cut income and corporate tax rates, is a proposal to change the way agricultural and horticultural land is...Show More Summary

Continue to fund the Leopold Center

Note: The following piece is by Mark Peterson, a farmer near Stanton, Iowa, who testified in favor of funding the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at a public hearing this morning on Iowa's 2018 budget. The budget proposalShow More Summary

Veteran farmer homesteads with a kick

Three years ago, Matt and Emely Hendl didn’t picture themselves as farmers. They thought Emely would support their family with her government service job after Matt retired after 20 years in the U.S. Navy. However, after changing their...Show More Summary

Public hearing set for Monday on the Leopold Center

Urgent Update! The Iowa legislature has scheduled a public hearing at the Capitol for 10 a.m. on Monday. The hearing provides an opportunity for Iowans to weigh in on the 2018 budget, which cuts several programs we support. We have two high priority opportunities for supporters who are able to join us at the Capitol: 1. Show More Summary

Link to rural development

The U.S. continues to develop new clean and renewable energy resources to replace aging, carbon-emitting generating facilities. Lightly populated rural areas provide ample space for this new development, namely wind energy. Rural communities...Show More Summary

A neighborly dispute: adverse possession bill could mend fences in Nebraska

Joe and Carol Schmieding’s property included a waterway and a driveway running along its east side. Land east of the parcel sold in 2001. The exact location of the property line was not deter-mined, so the couple and their new neighbors...Show More Summary

Take Action NOW to Stand Up for Farmers and Water Quality

Water quality management, flood prevention, beginning farmer resources, and sustainable agriculture research are on the chopping block at the Iowa legislature! The Iowa legislature has proposed to zero out the budgets of both the Iowa Flood Center and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Show More Summary

Renewal signup is underway for expiring conservation stewardship program contracts

There is an important upcoming deadline for farmers and ranchers who are enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). CSP is a national voluntary stewardship incentives program administered by Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Show More Summary

From the desk of the executive director: The president, rural voters and our future

Rural voters had a moment following last fall’s election. The national media showed up in force seeking to understand them. Enough rural voters had switched party allegiance to account for Trump’s victory over Clinton in several key Midwest and Rust Belt states.  Frustration over the economic plight facing their community drove many of these voters. Show More Summary

DACA supports small town main streets

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has provided hard-working young people and their families with a measure of stability. This policy protects foreign born individuals who came to this country as children from deportationShow More Summary

Nitrate, bacteria a concern for rural communities

Amid growing public awareness, rural residents are becoming more well-versed on water quality challenges. Nutrients, bacteria and sediment levels in surface waters endanger human health, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.  Many...Show More Summary

28 rural Nebraska counties center of health care debate

Rural Nebraska has taken its place in the national health care debate. In the weeks leading up to the anticipated vote on the American Health Care Act, rural Nebraska personified the millions of older rural adults who shouldered much...Show More Summary

Personification of the challenges of rural health access

Rural America has once again taken its place in the national health care debate. Across America, analysis shows that rural counties would have shouldered much of the cost shift of the proposed and now dead American Health Care Act. On...Show More Summary

Center comments on Farmer Fair Practice Rules

March 23, 2017 M. Irene Omade Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration United States Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 2542A-S Washington, DC 20250-3613 Re: Comments on the Farmer Fair Practices...Show More Summary

DACA supports small town main streets

Five years ago, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was signed into law. This policy protects foreign born individuals who came to this country as children from deportation and allows them to apply for employment authorization. For hundreds of thousands of Americans and over 3,000 Nebraskans with DACA status, the future is uncertain. Show More Summary

Energy efficiency can help rural families save money

Families below the poverty line spend 8 percent of their income on electricity, a much larger proportion than higher income families, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. And in rural areas, 17.7 percent of families live below the poverty line, as noted by the U.S. Show More Summary

Center joins property tax reform and education coalition

As the Nebraska Legislature continues with its session, there have been many tax reform bills introduced by senators and our governor. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we believe in a more balanced tax system for Nebraska taxpayers. When I think of what makes rural Nebraska thrive, I think back to my hometown. Show More Summary

What if the workers owned it?

The owners of a mid-sized manufacturing plant in a nearby small town were ready to retire, but no one in the next generation was interested in taking over. The plant was sold to an out-of-state buyer with no local ties. The businessShow More Summary

Tax credits should help the distressed

Reprinted from the North Platte Telegraph The most effective and desirable economic development strategy for many rural communities is small entrepreneurship. Small businesses are especially important today, as opportunities to attract...Show More Summary

You still have a few days to sign up for Whole Farm Revenue Protection

The deadline to sign up for Whole Farm Revenue Protection is March 15. Contact your crop insurance agent today. The Center for Rural Affairs held several workshops this winter to answer farmers’ questions about Whole Farm Revenue Protection. Show More Summary

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