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Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

Filed Under:Industries / Agriculture
Posts on Regator:756
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Improvements to USDA Beginning Farmer Loans

By Traci Bruckner on October 27, 2014 - 12:00am USDA recently announced several changes to Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan programs, changes designed to help more beginning farmers and ranchers. The new “interim final rule” will increase the Microloan limit from $35,000 to $50,000. Show More Summary

Badger Coulee Proposal a Key Piece of Wisconsin's Clean Energy Future

By Lucas Nelsen on October 27, 2014 - 12:00am One of several transmission projects that can help connect new renewable energy in the Midwest is approaching an important time in the regulatory process. In December, the Badger Coulee project...Show More Summary

Conservation Helps Build Tourism Dollars in Western States

By Steph Larsen on October 27, 2014 - 11:42am Small towns and rural communities depend on recreation and tourism for large parts of their economy. This was obvious to me growing up. I’m from Wisconsin, where the summer tourism industry depends so heavily on student labor, public schools and universities can’t even start before September 1. Show More Summary

Top Four Things You Do for the Center

By Tyler Vacha on October 24, 2014 - 11:07am Here at the Center for Rural Affairs, we talk to you a lot about what we do. And, with your help, we do some pretty great things. But it’s time to change the subject. Let’s talk instead about the great things you do. Show More Summary

Missouri Veterans Learn (and Teach) about Farming

By Wyatt Fraas on October 16, 2014 - 6:35am More than 50 military veterans recently attended educational sessions on resources that can help them start farming. Workshops in central Missouri near Fort Leonard Wood and at the Lincoln University campus brought those in the know together with active duty veterans and military retirees. Show More Summary

Sage Grouse Conservation in the Cowboy State

By Steph Larsen on October 15, 2014 - 12:00am Much of rural and small town Wyoming depends on the economic impact of recreation and tourism. Camping, hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, guiding and other activities in 11 Western states,...Show More Summary

Farmers Lead on Climate Resiliency

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on October 23, 2014 - 3:16pm Jerry Peckumn farms in Jefferson, Iowa. To prevent soil erosion, Jerry plants perennials on his steepest land and maintains buffer strips. At a climate forum in Grinnell, he emphasized the importance of finding good ways to incorporate more perennials. Show More Summary

Rural in the Digital Age

By Lucas Nelsen on October 20, 2014 - 12:00am The internet is such a powerful tool in modern life, it’s hard for a lot of people to imagine going through their daily routine without using it in some capacity. But for some people in rural...Show More Summary

Outdoor Living Rooms Invite Community Input

By Adele Phillips on October 17, 2014 - 7:07am A strange thing appeared recently on main street in our town of 800: a complete living room. An old padded leather rocking chair and floor lamp filled one corner. A green jacquard couch and a Norfolk Island pine welcomed passersby in another. Show More Summary

Remembering Community Life in Rural Mass

By Guest Writer on October 10, 2014 - 7:05pm When people sign up for our newsletter, they often share their story. Here's a great essay from Andrea Morgan, who gave us permission to share it with you. I grew up in rural Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Show More Summary

Rural Activists Gather in a Corn Field to Fight the Keystone Pipeline

By Traci Bruckner on October 9, 2014 - 12:11pm In August, we heard BOLD Nebraska and the Cowboy Indian Alliance were set to host a concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in a corn field near Neligh, NE. Wait, what? Willie Nelson and...Show More Summary

From Coal to Clean Energy

By Virginia Meyer on October 7, 2014 - 12:00am Hallam, Nebraska, received some good news this week. Volkswind USA Inc., an international wind developer, applied for permits to build 54 wind turbines in Lancaster and Gage counties.  According...Show More Summary

What's Your Story on Rural Broadband?

By Lucas Nelsen on October 8, 2014 - 11:41am I'm headed to Washington D.C. next week to talk about net neutrality and rural broadband, and I want to bring your stories with me. Many of us in rural areas are stuck with internet service that is either painfully slow or spotty at the best of times. Show More Summary

Celebrate Farms and Schools

By Kathie Starkweather on October 6, 2014 - 12:00am In October, America celebrates the harvest, and specifically initiatives to put healthy, locally grown food on our childrens’ plates at school. And it all starts with America’s farmers and ranchers. Many of us who raise our own food, whether in a pot or a small garden, do so as a hobby. Show More Summary

Go Beyond Buy Local. Think Invest Local Too!

By Brian Depew on October 4, 2014 - 1:27pm Buy local. It’s a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home.  Economists tell us that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two to four times the economic benefit. Show More Summary

Special Editon Letter to the Editor: Waters of the US Rule

By Guest Writer on October 3, 2014 - 12:00am Dear Editor, The state of Missouri is tremendously fortunate to have abundant and diverse water supplies across our entire state. From underground aquifers to flowing steams and rivers and the many beautiful lakes they sustain, Missouri is blessed. Show More Summary

Unraveling the Mystery of the Upper Midwest’s High Voltage Grid

By Guest Writer on October 3, 2014 - 5:08am This is the second in our series looking at the development of clean energy transmission in Upper Iowa. Writer Loren Flaugh gave a talk earlier this year at Iowa State University, sharing his interest in understanding the role transmission plays in helping our small towns grow. Show More Summary

Actively Engaged - The President Must Act

By Traci Bruckner on October 2, 2014 - 9:35am President Obama declared in January that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to...Show More Summary

Stop Muddying the Water

By John Crabtree on September 29, 2014 - 12:00am In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that have left more than half of America’s streams and millions of wetland acres unprotected from pollution. Show More Summary

In Celebration of Farmers

By Kathie Starkweather on October 1, 2014 - 6:14am National Farm to School month is upon us. Remember it’s about getting fresh, healthy, locally grown food to our children. Remember it starts with the farmer. Anybody knows the challenge...Show More Summary

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