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For Pete's Sake

By Jon Bailey on April 20, 2015 - 12:00am The Legislature recently voted to delay LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, until the 2016 session. While the bill is still alive, this means another year without access to health insurance for...Show More Summary

Art of Listening Shapes this Phase of the Byway of Art Project

By Marie Powell on April 16, 2015 - 5:23pm Work is progressing on the Center for Rural Affairs “Byway of Art” project in four neighboring northeast Nebraska towns. The fun kicked off last fall with a series of Outdoor Living Rooms in the communities of Decatur, Lyons, Macy, and Oakland. Show More Summary

Be Smart: Technology Is the Key

By Juan Sandoval on April 16, 2015 - 4:48pm On February 25, I conducted a workshop via Skype from Durham, North Carolina, to a crowd at the College Center in South Sioux City. The session was titled "Incorporating Technology in Your Business." How much do you know about technology? You can test your knowledge through a number of online quizzes. Show More Summary

Challenges that Shaped the Center’s Character

By Marie Powell on April 16, 2015 - 12:45pm It’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt). Here's an article by Center Co-founder Marty Strange for a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter. What happens when you speak truth to power, which has been the Center’s habit over the years? You get whooped a lot. Show More Summary

Standing in the Breach against Corporate Farming

By John Crabtree on April 15, 2015 - 6:32pm North Dakota was among the first states to prohibit corporate farming in 1932. Nebraska was among the last, when, by a 1982 vote of the people, the state enacted Initiative 300, a constitutional amendment against corporate farming. Show More Summary

What Happens When Women Gather? Awesome Networking

By Monica Braun on April 15, 2015 - 2:33pm The women who attended our 3rd annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference in Grand Island had a day full of networking, and they were naturals! Learning and inspiration were on the agenda as well. Show More Summary

Pesticide Use and Depression in Farmers

By John Crabtree on April 14, 2015 - 12:00am Organic farming may be as important to the farmers who practice it as to those who purchase and eat the food they grow. This year, researchers with the National Institute of Health completed a landmark, 20-year study of the connection between pesticides and depression in farmers. According to Dr. Show More Summary

New Actively Engaged in Farming Rule Falls Short

By Traci Bruckner on April 14, 2015 - 10:56am This March, the US Department of Agriculture issued their proposed rule to define what it means to be “actively engaged in farming,” and therefore eligible to receive federal farm payments. Show More Summary

3 Reasons NPPD Could Use Less Coal

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on April 13, 2015 - 2:00am Nebraska has big decisions to make about its energy future. With a long list of environmental regulations, both forthcoming and currently in place, the Nebraska Public Power District...Show More Summary

Rural Rockstars: Micro Brewery Owners Receive Entrepreneur of the Year Award

By Marie Powell on April 10, 2015 - 8:09am Three young entrepreneurs from McCook, Nebraska, were recognized as the Center for Rural Affairs Entrepreneurs of the Year. Tyler Ray Loop, Tyler Sue Loop, and Adam Siegfried own and operate Loop Brewing Company in McCook. Show More Summary

Farm to School Continues to Build in Nebraska

By Kathie Starkweather on April 9, 2015 - 3:14pm “Healthy students learn better because they eat better,” stated Dr. John Skretta in Beatrice during the Center for Rural Affairs’ most recent Farm to School Regional Conference. Skretta,...Show More Summary

Creating Jobs and Self Sufficiency Through Self-Employment

By Jeff Reynolds on April 8, 2015 - 12:00am Microenterprise and microfinance have the power to empower people and transform lives. The concept was pioneered in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Show More Summary

Pork Crisis Response

By John Crabtree on April 9, 2015 - 9:36am It's a Throwback Thursday (#tbt)! This essay is from the Center's archives. It ran in the Center for Rural Affairs newsletter in January 1999, and John is plugging away for an even better rural America. Show More Summary

Rating the Chances of Success for a 1st-Generation Farmer or Rancher

By Wyatt Fraas on April 8, 2015 - 12:09pm "Based on your experience, what are the chances of a first generation farmer/rancher succeeding? I keep hearing people say that I am likely to fail within the first year." That question came in an email. Show More Summary

Nebraska’s Health Care System Can Handle LB 472

By Jon Bailey on April 8, 2015 - 12:00am One of the arguments used against providing access to health insurance for modest-income, working Nebraskans through LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, is that those newly eligible for health insurance would swamp our health care system. Show More Summary

Best Reason for Nebraska's Medicaid Redesign: The Math Adds Up

By Casey Francis on April 6, 2015 - 11:48am Here in Nebraska lawmakers are deciding about the lives of 77,000 Nebraskans. The Medicaid Redesign Act, or LB 472,  would provide health insurance coverage through the state’s Medicaid program to those in the coverage gap. Show More Summary

Hemingford: Better Food, Same Cost

By John Crabtree on April 4, 2015 - 7:18am Earlier we reported on the Hemingford, Nebraska, public schools transition from a “warm and serve” kitchen to a “made from scratch” operation. The spark for the move came when school nurse Judy Stewart was teaching the nutrition section of her health class. Show More Summary

Rural Rockstar: Dan Hromas, Veteran Beginning Farmer, Receives Sustainable Agriculture Award

By Wyatt Fraas on April 3, 2015 - 9:45am Dan Hromas of York, Nebraska, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2014 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. It honors his integrity, leadership, and extraordinary efforts in sustainable agriculture. Show More Summary

Current Government Subsidized Crop Insurance Program Works Against Beginning, Small and Mid-sized Farms

By Traci Bruckner on April 2, 2015 - 2:55pm If you are a farmer, or you live in rural America, you have likely dealt with or at least heard about government subsidized crop insurance. If you are not familiar with the issue, we will get you up to speed in a hurry. Show More Summary

Medicaid Expansion Will Save Lives

By Jon Bailey on April 1, 2015 - 1:24pm Nebraska’s LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, would provide health insurance coverage through the state’s Medicaid program to those in the coverage gap. People fall into the gap when they makeShow More Summary

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