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Amendment V will work for small town South Dakota

In case you missed it… Brian Hanson, Senior Policy Associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, penned the following Op-Ed on the importance of South Dakota’s Amendment V vote. Remember, next Tuesday (Nov. 8) is Election Day - as if you...Show More Summary

The Radical Center

From the executive director. Has the political center become the most radical place to work? In this time of piqued partisan rhetoric, it may be. Working at the radical center does not mean that each of us should become a centrist. Nor...Show More Summary

Native crafts and products available this weekend

If you’re looking for a unique, interesting activity this weekend, we might have just the thing - the 2016 Holiday Fall and Winter Extravaganza! This event will be hosted by the Ohiya Casino near Niobrara, Neb., and will feature candles,...Show More Summary

Biologically diverse ranch requires a conservation mindset

Located near the headwaters of the Elkhorn River, the Stewart Hereford Ranch sits on 13,000 acres in the Sandhills outside of Newport, Neb. The ranch is owned by Roy and June Stewart and their son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Kaye Stewart,...Show More Summary

Farmer and Rancher Fair Practices Rules Moving Forward

The USDA fulfilled a promise to America’s family farmers and ranchers on October 14th. That day the agency submitted the Farmer Fair Practices Rules for White House approval. The Farmer Fair Practices rules are simple in purpose. They will provide marketplace protections for farmers and ranchers that raise poultry and livestock. Show More Summary

Tips and TIPs welcome

Center for Rural Affairs is seeking participants in Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP). Are you a landowner in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota or South Dakota who has participated in CRP-TIP, or know someone who is? We’re interested in hearing from you. Show More Summary

21k students participate in Apple Crunch

On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, nearly 21,000 students in the Midwest states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota celebrated National Farm to School Month by signing up to crunch into locally and regionally grown apples at noon from the comfort of their own schools. Show More Summary

The Real Deal Farm to School at a Nebraska farm

Editor's Note: Farm to School in Nebraska is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs, and Sarah Smith is our Farm to School Lead. To find out more about the program or to find a participating farmer in your area, please click here. Three...Show More Summary

Making Nebraska’s food system more resilient in the face of an uncertain climate

Ask anyone if they’ve noticed weather patterns becoming increasingly erratic over the last 20 years and the answer is usually a resounding “yes!” Extreme precipitation events, prolonged periods of drought, and scorching summer temperatures are all on the rise in the United States and worldwide. Show More Summary

Gardens keep Santee Sioux traditions alive

About two hours west of Sioux City, Iowa, we dropped by the Santee Sioux Reservation to tag along with LeAnn Red Owl while she visits gardens throughout the community. In the summer of 2016, LeAnn was one of the Center for Rural Affairs...Show More Summary

Celebrate National Farm to School Month in October

Sadly, many school aged children do not know where their food comes from. In fact neither do many adults. According to a survey commissioned by the U.S Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, 72% of consumers know nothing or very little about farming or ranching.   But Farm to School Programs are trying to change that. Show More Summary

REAP loans almost 2 million dollars to small businesses in FY 2016

Fiscal Year 2016 was a record-setting year for Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). In 2016, we placed and leveraged over $2.9 million in loans and reached significant numbers of women and Latino entrepreneurs...Show More Summary

Dairyland power cooperative brings solar opportunities to rural Midwest

Renewable energy brings big benefits to the American economy. Case in point: the rising solar industry. By 2015, solar was contributing $18 billion dollars a year to our economy and, according to the latest reports, this same industry...Show More Summary

REAP loans close to 2 million dollars to small businesses in FY 2016

Fiscal Year 2016 was a record-setting year for Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). In 2016, we placed and leveraged over $2.9 million in loans and reached significant numbers of women and Latino entrepreneurs...Show More Summary

Nature provides if you’re looking

Did you know the inner bark of the willow tree is the original source of aspirin? On a recent August afternoon, we learned this fact from Barbara Salvatore, a Verdigre, Neb., resident whose mind is a storehouse of knowledge about medicinal plants. Show More Summary

Statement on Proposed Bayer-Monsanto Merger

The proposed merger between German pharmaceutical and chemical giant Bayer and U.S. biotechnology giant Monsanto would create the world's largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals. A merged company would control a quarter of the world's seed and agrichemical market. Show More Summary

The Let’s Talk Tour comes to Johnson Farms

In early September, we launched the Let’s Talk Tour - a series of conversations across eastern South Dakota that we organized - to hear from rural and small town folks about climate, soil and water conservation, and issues related to the region’s energy future. Show More Summary

Conference is coming up for Women in Food & Ag

Have you heard? The Women Food & Ag Network’s annual conference is coming to Nebraska for the first time this year in November. You won’t want to miss out on this important opportunity to gather women in one place to learn more about permaculture, this year’s conference theme. Show More Summary

The complexity of agriculture guided Anna to the Center

Note: Anna Johnson is a Policy Program Associate and started working with us in August. She will play an important role helping to move our farm and conservation policy work forward. This includes a focus on strengthening conservation...Show More Summary

Clean Power Plan oral hearings begin today

Background On Aug. 3, 2015, President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Gina McCarthy announced the final version of America's Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) builds on the Clean Air Act by placing the first ever limits on carbon pollution. Show More Summary

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