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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Changes to Whole Farm Revenue Insurance Could Increase Access

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced expansion of Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance to all states and counties. WFRP was first made available for the 2015 crop year, and provides revenue insurance coverage on all of a farmer’s crops and animals under one policy. Show More Summary

An EOB of Crop Insurance

During the last farm bill debate we heard Congressional leaders say, farmers don’t get a check, they get a bill for their crop insurance. While that statement may be true, it is also true that crop insurance is heavily subsidized, providing...Show More Summary

Rural Nerds: Counting on Better Health

This week our Throwback Thursday - #tbt - Top 10 Rural Research Reports rundown focuses on our health care research. We're nerdishly modest, but it's no exaggeration to say we were among the first rural organizations to focus on health care. Show More Summary

Four Ways to Address Income Inequity on the Rural Great Plains

This article is another in the series from Jon M. Bailey, a leading proponent of policy and research into rural family economic security. Jon served as a director of policy and research at the Center for Rural Affairs for years. YouShow More Summary

Farm to School Profile: Fremont Community Learning Centers – Afterschool Programs

School Name: Fremont Community Learning Centers – Afterschool Programs         Washington Elementary         Linden Elementary         Milliken Park Elementary School Address: Main Street Education and Administration Center, 130 East...Show More Summary

Farm to School Profile: Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools

School Name:  Lyons-Decatur Northeast     School Address:   PO Box 526  400 S. 5th Street, Lyons, NE  68038 Number of Students:  240 How many schools are in your district?  Lyons-Decatur Northeast is a pre-K through 12 school housedShow More Summary

Nebraskans Discuss State's Energy Future

When it comes to power, Nebraska is unique from every other state. That’s because our state is the only one in the nation with public power, giving Nebraskans the ability to elect board members that will represent our interests when it comes to powering our homes and businesses. Show More Summary

Standing Up for Rural Postal Delivery

Post offices are crucial anywhere, but especially crucial in rural areas that depend on the postal service to stay connected through news delivery, services crucial to businesses, and, in some communities, a link to prescription drugs and other services.   The mail service is a national treasure that has been in operation for 240 years. Show More Summary

Rural Nerds: Top 10 Research Countdown Continues

This week our Top 10 Rural Research Reports countdown continues. In week two of our #tbt Throwback Thursday series, we focus on our first in-depth report on renewable energy and transmission. Turns out, it was the first of many, ongoing to this day. Show More Summary

Art Enriches Our Community

We were thrilled to host local artists for a show in our Lyons office earlier this summer. The show included three artists, and two Friday wine and cheese showings. Art enriches a community, and we are constantly amazed at the local talent that exists in rural America. Show More Summary

Women's Business Centers Form a National Network to Serve Women

The programs of Women’s Business Centers (WBC) are built around the goals of women entrepreneurs. WBCs help women succeed in business by providing business training, mentoring, and access to capital to nearly 200,000 entrepreneurs annually. Show More Summary

Development Districts Essential in Growing Small Business

The Center's Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) has been fortunate to have a strong partnership with Nebraska’s Economic Development Districts. It’s been a boost to both of us. Even better, it's led to startup and expansion of...Show More Summary

Crop Insurance Windfall: Land-hungry Mega-Farms Stomping Out Family Farms

The debate over crop insurance has become a debate between big business interests and family-scale farmers. As you will read here and at, we are putting a stake in the ground. We are preparing to push back against the largeShow More Summary

Deb and Dale Simmons Have Things Covered

Dale and Deb Simmons’ entrepreneurial adventure began in 1999 when they purchased Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning in 1999. Then in 2006, a long-time Beatrice business, the Mr. Sweeper Store, was closing its doors. The Simmons saw an opportunity to expand their already successful carpet cleaning business, and they jumped on it. Show More Summary

School Greenhouse Grows Interest in Healthy Eating and Agriculture

Here in Litchfield, Nebraska, we not only get to enjoy all of the wonderful vegetables at lunch, but we also get to use the greenhouse as a learning experience. We are fortunate to have a local businessman who built a greenhouse forShow More Summary

Young Santee Artist Grows Hobby into Income

Shaylana Lewis, a proud member of the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, first learned to bead at the tender age of 11 by Donelle La Pointe, her Dakota language teacher from Marty, South Dakota. Now 19 years old, Lewis is still beading....Show More Summary

Get Ready with Our Farm to School Month Starter Kit!

Farm to School Month, Great Apple Crunch - Where do I start?! Below you’ll find resources and links to help you put together a successful Farm to School Month Activity.  Feel free to download, borrow or make anything your own.  FarmShow More Summary

Rural Nerds: Top 10 Research Recap Begins

Here at the Center for Rural Affairs, we're rural nerds, knee-deep in research. We've been reporting on it for 40+ years.  Last spring we came up with the Top 10 Rural Research Reports publication. We splashed a good-looking, near-sighted cow on the cover. Show More Summary

Mainstreet Views

I've written before about the complexities and paradoxes of small town life. Contemporary rural places are caught between two narratives. The first has roots in the 1980’s farm crisis. It is a is fatalistic one: rural places are dying. The second is woven by small town boosters. Show More Summary

Food Environment on the Rural Great Plains

Jon M Bailey looks at food access and security in rural and non-rural counties of the Great Plains.  Food is a major component of health and healthy living. Consumption of healthy foods and a balanced diet will limit obesity, accompanying health issues, and premature death. Show More Summary

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