Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Utilizing soil test results to maintain garden health

With the help of a grant from the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, students from Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) and staff from the Center for Rural Affairs conducted soil testing on gardens throughout the Santee community. Samples were taken from 10 different locations, including the demonstration garden located on the NICC campus. Show More Summary

REAP Women's Business Center: Eight trainings recently completed, more planned

Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center continues to partner with local organizations to offer “Online Marketing Strategies.” In June, training sessions were held in O’Neill, Valentine, Ainsworth, and Alma. We...Show More Summary

Working in a farm successor as part of a retirement plan

Are you one of the many farmers without an identified farm successor? Purdue University says that's around 75 percent, and about half expect nonfamily members to take over. A gradual shift of responsibilities and ownership, plus an extended...Show More Summary

A bright idea: family business installs on-farm solar energy systems in rural Iowa

In early 2013, Jason Egli and his wife, Gabrielle, were living and working as engineers in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They had been trying for years to find jobs that would allow them to move back home to rural Louisa County, but jobs suited...Show More Summary

Meet our 2018 Farm Bill team

The upcoming 2018 Farm Bill is in the works and we want your voice heard! The Center for Rural Affairs has been working diligently to advocate for rural America in a variety of areas including conservation, crop insurance, and beginning farmer assistance. Congress’ agriculture committees who write the Farm Bill have started hearings already. Show More Summary

Farmers markets increase access to fresh food

There is nothing better than slicing up a ripe garden tomato fresh off the vine. However, some may not have the means to grow fresh vegetables in their backyards. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we work with rural communities to build healthy, sustainable, local food systems. Show More Summary

Stephanie Enloe: it has been an honor

Note: We said goodbye to Stephanie at the beginning of July. We wish her well in her future endeavors.  During the past two and a half years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some fascinating issues — renewable energy, water quality, Farm Bill policy, and climate change. Show More Summary

From the desk of the executive director: people powered capital

Almost weekly, I read surprising new statistics about capital concentration. The eight richest people in the world now control as much capital as half of the world’s population. The richest 158 families in the United States were the source of more than 50 percent of early cash in the last presidential campaign cycle. Show More Summary

Provide for cover crops in insurance guide

Farmers manage crops, maintain equipment, and market products, often while balancing a second job and family demands. Adding a dispute with a crop insurance company is the last thing farmers need. Kevin Glanz, a farmer near Manchester, Iowa, has planted cover crops for five years. Show More Summary

One dream: to farm in America

Daily life on a farm outside Lexington, Nebraska, is far from luxurious. However, Vincente Acevedo and Magdalena Barrios wouldn’t have it any other way. “A typical day: I come home from work, prepare dinner, clean the house, and then I go outside to help feed the animals,” Magdalena said. Show More Summary

Supporting rural America and the Center

Wow, this year is flying by! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the New Year. Together, in the first half of 2017 we accomplished so much because of generous support from donors like you. Thank you. Recent exciting developments make it possible for your giving to have an even greater effect. Show More Summary

The cost of doing away with USDA Rural Development

Over the years, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grants and loans have served as a lifeline for rural communities, providing critical funding for water and wastewater infrastructure, public and community buildings, and essential community service facilities. Show More Summary

Medicaid cuts hurt rural seniors and rural communities

Tucked within the text of both the House and Senate’s bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is language which seeks to fundamentally change the Medicaid program. While the enactment of this legislation is unknown, the principle...Show More Summary

Female catheterization product wins Nebraska InnovateHER 2017 Challenge

Problem: The anatomy of the female pelvic region makes women particularly susceptible to inappropriate urethral catheterization. To date, there are no devices that block the vaginal entrance, expose the urethral opening, and guide the...Show More Summary

Ruth helps neighbors by serving on the FSA Committee

About six years ago, Nebraska farmers Ruth Ready and her husband Sid stopped into their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to ask about loan programs and opportunities. While there, Ruth was presented with an altogether different opportunity. “They were looking for someone from my area to run for the FSA committee,” she said. Show More Summary

Finding common ground on rural solar

As an active and idealistic college student, I traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a national lobby day for young people who wanted to talk with senators and representatives about supporting renewable energy. Thinking back, in 2009, we were well into an economic recession and the job market was weak. Show More Summary

New transmission connects renewable energy

Midwestern states have great potential to generate energy from renewable sources. Renewable energy provides these states with clean power as well as several other benefits in the form of new sources of income for landowners that host projects or job opportunities stemming from construction, operation, and manufacturing. Show More Summary

When should farmers retire?

Retirement from a farm business may not mean moving away or giving up on mentoring the next generation, but it does entail transferring management decisions to someone else. It can be a gradual or sudden process. It may be driven byShow More Summary

Rural Iowa school sets a shining example for how to reduce electricity costs

Tim Graber had just finished applying for a utility rebate for the new solar panels on his turkey building when he was struck by an idea: “Why couldn’t the school do this?” As a member of the WACO Community School district board, Tim was in the position to make his idea a reality. Show More Summary

Cora grew up in the middle of everywhere

I am an Iowa native, raised on a century farm in the heart of the Loess Hills. I grew up in Monona County, near the town with the little star on the hill, to be exact. As part of the sixth generation to live and work on my family farm,...Show More Summary

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