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Blog Post Archive

Communities Need Input and Information on Energy Projects

By Virginia Meyer on January 30, 2015 - 2:30pm On Jan 27, 2015, the Center for Rural Affairs and Lancaster County Farmers Union hosted an informational forum on wind energy development in Cortland, Nebraska. Cortland sits on Highway 77 about 20 miles south of Lincoln. Show More Summary

Peggy Says Goodbye

By Center for Rural Affairs on January 30, 2015 - 12:35pm Peggy Mahaney is retiring from the Center today, Jan 30, after 21 years of outstanding service. She has been “the glue” for our small business development program REAP, serving our staff of business specialists across the state and our hundreds of clients. Show More Summary

Redesigning Medicaid in Nebraska

By John Crabtree on January 28, 2015 - 12:00am Nebraska’s failure to participate in the new Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act has, for two years, allowed low-income, working Nebraskans to fall into a health care coverage gap that has left them economically and medically vulnerable. Show More Summary

Wildlife Conservation and Local Economies

By John Crabtree on January 27, 2015 - 12:00am Tourism and recreation are economically vital in the West. In fact, a 2014 study examining the economic impact of visitors to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sagebrush landscapes found that in 2013, visitors spent in excess of $1 billion in nearby communities. Show More Summary

Exciting Line-up for the Ways We Farm

By Adele Phillips on January 28, 2015 - 4:19am We're so excited about our event, Water, Soil, and Toil: The Ways We Farm. Agricultural ethicist Dr. Paul B. Thompson will speak at 3:00 p.m. on February 5, 2015 at Omaha's Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. Show More Summary

Everyone Deserves an Awesome Burger

By Virginia Meyer on January 27, 2015 - 2:59pm Kerry Hoffschneider of rural Waco, Nebraska, has a vision. She wants to increase access to fresh, healthy food; care for the land; and help her community. Kerry is working with friend and business partner Del Ficke to develop a farm business. Show More Summary

Save Money and Keep Warm with Energy Efficiency

By Stephanie Enloe on January 21, 2015 - 12:00am Recently, I opened my curtains to look out on six inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures. I noticed a line of ice along the inside of my window sill and wondered, if ice can get in,Show More Summary

$18 Million Available to Support Training for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

By Traci Bruckner on January 20, 2015 - 12:00am The US Department of Agriculture announced more than $18 million in funding available to support training, mentoring, and development of beginning farmers and ranchers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. We helped create and advocate for this program in the 2002 Farm Bill. Show More Summary

President Obama, the State of the Union (#SOTU), and Rural Poverty

By John Crabtree on January 20, 2015 - 4:01pm Tonight, when President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to Congress and the American people, he should talk about the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in addressing poverty in rural and small-town America. Show More Summary

Returning to My Roots for My Family

By Tyler Vacha on January 16, 2015 - 10:46am It was my 19th birthday, and freshman move-in day at Buena Vista University. It was a day I’d waited for as long as I could remember. I had big plans, high goals, and huge aspirations, none of which, I thought, could be achieved in the small northeast Nebraska town I called home. Show More Summary

Wind Energy and Transmission Expansion Opposition

By Guest Writer on January 13, 2015 - 4:38pm Part 5 of our Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission takes us back to a March day when writer Loren Flaugh encountered his first serious opponent to wind energy expansion in Iowa. I was in Sioux County, Iowa, at Rock Valley accompanying my wife to a meeting she attended. Show More Summary

Conservation Stewardship Program Improvements Needed

By Traci Bruckner on January 12, 2015 - 12:00am The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comments on recent changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The program, the most significant leap in conservation policy...Show More Summary

Fresh, Local Ingredients Part of After-School Program

By Sarah Smith on January 12, 2015 - 8:05am An innovative approach has taken place with Farm to (After) School in Fremont, Nebraska.  Fremont’s k-4th graders, 250 of them, are tasting and working with fresh, real, local ingredients after their school day has ended. Show More Summary

Remembering Hank Rohling

By Brian Depew on January 3, 2015 - 12:33pm A dear member of the Center for Rural Affairs staff, Hank Rohling, passed away unexpectedly on October 24, 2014. In his two years at the Center, Hank crisscrossed the country visiting with Center donors in nearly every state. Show More Summary

Appropriations Bill Guts Conservation Funding, Reverses Family Farm Protections

By Traci Bruckner on January 2, 2015 - 12:30pm In December the House and Senate came to an agreement over appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2015. We are going to call this like we see it. This is a bad, anti-farmer and anti-conservation bill that is representative of crisis-driven legislation stemming from a dysfunctional Congress. Show More Summary

Apply today: Conference scholarships for humane livestock producers!

By Casey Francis on January 9, 2015 - 3:39pm We heard this week from Lisa Isenhart of Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). She told us about their conference scholarship program for humane livestock and poultry producers. FACT will award...Show More Summary

Pesticide Use and Depression in Farmers

By John Crabtree on January 6, 2015 - 3:54pm Organic farming may be as important to the farmers who practice it as to their consumers. Researchers with the National Institute of Health recently completed a landmark, 20-year study of the connection between pesticides and depression in farmers. Show More Summary

Industrial Poultry and Dairy Operations Slide Under Organic Regulations

By John Crabtree on January 6, 2015 - 3:29pm Federal organic regulations require that organic poultry and livestock be provided regular access to the outdoors. Dairy cattle and other ruminants must also be provided access to pasture....Show More Summary

Congress Slashes Conservation

By Traci Bruckner on January 5, 2015 - 12:00am When thinking about the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last month, one might ask, what does Congress have against conservation? They made huge cuts to conservation programs,...Show More Summary

Vibrant Small Towns and Rural Communities Embrace Art and Self-Expression

By John Crabtree on January 2, 2015 - 9:08am Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places, not just here in America, but across the globe, you will find art and cultural expression in what some might call the most unlikely of places. Show More Summary

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