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Early Bird Registration for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

On June 2-4, 2016, more than 1,500 people will be in Madison, Wis. for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Will you be one of them? If so, you should register before March 31 to take advantage of early bird pricing! This biennial event is hosted by the National Farm to School Network. Show More Summary

Shovel Dot Ranch: Nebraska Sandhills Conservation Profile

“I think each generation of our family has learned new ideas and new methods to help improve the productivity and health of the land,” said Homer Buell, who owns and manages Shovel Dot Ranch along with his family. Shovel Dot is home to the fourth and fifth generations of the Buell family. Show More Summary

Time is Running Out to Sign-up for CSP

Time is running out for farmers and ranchers to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year.  This year’s deadline for producers to apply at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office isShow More Summary

Cost Matters When it Comes to Health Insurance

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we often talk about the financial consequences of Medicaid expansion from the perspective of the greater community. We focus on savings to hospitals, businesses, and state and local budgets. But how does...Show More Summary

Wilson Ranch: Nebraska Sandhills Conservation Profile

Sitting in the office of his auto body shop, Max Wilson brings up satellite photographs of his land on Google Earth. Clicking through a decade of images, a dramatic change unfolds. “We’re getting back to grass. In 10 years, I can see a lot of change,” he said, referring to the removal of eastern red cedar trees from his pastures. Show More Summary

Wind Turbines Bring Economic Development Dollars to a Small Town in Minnesota

Wind energy has grown a lot over the last few years. Energy produced from wind farms has become competitive with fossil fuels, and development of new wind projects continues across the country. The Great Plains and Midwest are well positioned to continue playing a lead role in the future of renewable energy development. Show More Summary

Page Memorial Hospital: Where Things Are Looking Up

We recently posted an article by Brian Depew on rural hospitals closures across the country. We used the photo above, of Page Memorial Hospital in rural Virginia. Today we received a very polite note from Carol Weare, Public Relations...Show More Summary

Dollars and Sense of Health Care Access in Nebraska

On Mar 8, the Center for Rural Affairs released a Rural Policy Brief examining the basic economic and income issues for all Nebraskans connected to expanding Medicaid. Nebraska is one of 17 states not adopting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Show More Summary

Supper Would Have to Wait

A day doesn’t go by when I don’t read an article or hear from some expert on the news about the importance of “making yourself a priority” and “taking care of you.” I imagine the people who come up with this stuff live a very different...Show More Summary

Beel Ranch: Nebraska Sandhills Conservation Profile

The Beel brothers are third-generation stewards of their family ranch located on the Brown and Cherry County line in the Nebraska Sandhills. Started in 1937 by Henry O. Beel, ranch records reveal conservation practices were an early concern: soil and water planning, water placement, rotational grazing, and planting of tree groves began in the 1940s. Show More Summary

Butterfly Byway Workshop to be Held in Brewster

If you've been following the Center's news on pollinators, you know that an effort to increase awareness of and habitat for pollinators is currently underway in several Nebraska communities.  One exciting effort, the Pollination = Preservation...Show More Summary

Beyond the Gap

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law six years ago this month. The uninsured rate is now 11.9%, the lowest ever recorded. Approximately 17 million more Americans have health insurance today than before the law was passed. Hospitals...Show More Summary

Iowa Farmers Invited to Dine and Discuss Farming and Conservation

The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking input from Iowa farmers on farm and conservation programs throughout the month of March. We’ll host a series of six roundtable discussion and dinner conversations with farmers across the state,...Show More Summary

Stand for Clean Water

By Ruth Hruby, Montgomery, Minnesota Here in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes and sky blue waters, we understand the importance of water. We recognize the blessings God has bestowed upon our state, in particular, the blessings of our land, soil, and water. Show More Summary

Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month

Rural hospitals have been closing at a rate of nearly 1 per month since 2010. The Southeast has been especially hard hit, as the map below shows.  A rural hospital closure can leave a permanent gap in availability of services in the community. Show More Summary

Map of my Kingdom Performance to Focus on Land Transition

On March 11, 2016, the Center for Rural Affairs will host Map of my Kingdom, a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander. The event is coming to Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. Show More Summary

Conservation Going Strong in Sandhills

Over the past decade, high commodities prices have encouraged and accelerated the conversion of our native grasslands to cultivated cropland. According to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), between 2011 and 2012, nearly 400,000 acres...Show More Summary

Corporate Control, Fairness & Democracy

The Nebraska legislature voted in February to end the state’s ban on packer ownership of hogs. Long-time readers will remember that legal challenges led the courts to strike down Nebraska’s broader anti-corporate farming law, Initiative 300, in 2006. Show More Summary

#LoveRuralAm: Trading Entertainment for Enrichment

A little over 8 years ago, I traded the comfortable confines of my little college town to chase my future in the (relatively) big city. After 23 years living and working with and around livestock and wide open fields, I’d decided I’d had enough. Show More Summary

Congratulations to 2015 REAP Award Winners

Every year REAP recognizes entrepreneurs and individuals who have worked with us to strengthen small towns and rural communities through small, self-employed business development. This year the awards will be given on March 11, 2016, at our annual awards banquet. Show More Summary

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