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Blog Post Archive

Infrastructure Is Essential to the Clean Power Plan

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of the Clean Power Plan. It sets ambitious but achievable goals to reduce carbon emissions from energy generators by 2030. An important aspect is that states have the ability to create their own plan to meet emission targets. Show More Summary

Life Expectancy for Working Class Whites Falling

We were struck recently after reading a study by Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University. The authors show a concerning trend: the period between 1999 and 2013 saw an increase in mortality of middle-aged white men and women. This...Show More Summary

How Can We Help Your Business?

It’s nearly that time again – when we ask business owners statewide, and those who serve them, what your needs are for your business. The biennial Small Business Needs Assessment survey started in 2008 as an internal study to evaluate REAP’s products and services in relation to what Nebraska businesses needed. Show More Summary

Enchanted Bakery Is a Dream Come True

Thirteen years ago, Ana Gonzalez wanted to start her own bakery. She had been working from home making cakes for friends and family, but always wanted to have a set location for a shop. In 2008, Ana decided to open up cake sales to the public. Show More Summary

A Rural Christmas

Sadly, for many of us the Holiday season is rife with shopping, travel, crowded airports or highways, and out here on the Great Plains enough cold, wind, snow and ice to make traveling that much more difficult. For many rural and small...Show More Summary

Partnership with Nebraska’s Economic Developers

The Center for Rural Affairs’ small business development program is fortunate to have a strong partnership with the Nebraska Economic Developers Association, an association of professional economic developers dedicated to the growthShow More Summary

Farm to School Profile: Lone Tree Foods

Farm Name: Lone Tree Foods Address: 15255 Sw 114th St, Crete NE 68333 Farm Type (i.e. produce, beef, orchard): Lone Tree Foods is similar to a Food Hub, a producer-owned company that connects local farmers with wholesale buyers. Lone Tree Foods offers products from other local farms and currently works with 30 different farms. Show More Summary

Gearing Up for the Big Fight

Crop insurance is an important and necessary component of an effective farm safety net. However, it is a very complex program that will work more effectively with much-needed, commonsense reforms.   Under current law, we are subsidizing crop insurance at an average rate of 62% on every acre without limit regardless of farm size or wealth. Show More Summary

Top 2015 Post: Aligning Capital and Justice

It's official! The first day of 2016 is here. What better way to kick it off than with a look at our most viewed post last year, by Brian Depew, our executive director. Brian delves into the Center's history as he looks at our support for small business. Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2015: Returning to My Roots

The decision take off for college from his small town was easy for Tyler Vacha, author of the 2nd highest viewed post of 2015. In " Returning to My Roots" he writes movingly about how he surprised even himself when he began to yearn for a rural lifestyle once again. Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2015: Who Owns the World's Seeds?

Today we share number 3 in our top 5 posts countdown, an examination of mergers in the seed industry. If you have followed corporate farming issues with the Center over the last decade, you know this name: John Crabtree. John is our media director. Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2015: Crowdfunding Boosts Farm Efforts

The year in review countdown continues with number 4, by Wyatt Fraas, assistant director of our Farm and Community Program. Wyatt has an extensive background helping beginning farmers and ranchers get started. With over 20 years of experience at the Center, Wyatt is not one to let grass grow under his feet (pun intended!). Show More Summary

Top 5 of 2015: Rural Electric Coops Can Lead on Solar

Countdown time! With less then 1 week remaining in 2015, we thought a recap was in order. So here's a review of the 5 best Center stories of the year, chosen by the most views. Number 5 covered the role rural electric cooperatives could...Show More Summary

A Policy Agenda to Support Beginning Farmers

The following is drawn from remarks made to the Sustainable Agriculture & Food System Funders at their policy briefing in Des Moines, Iowa. Since the Center for Rural Affairs began, we have been engaged in the debate over who will steward the land a generation hence. In the last two farm bills, we helped pass new policy to support beginners. Show More Summary

Creating Stronger Communities through Welcoming and Inclusion

It is amazing how easy it is to explore the world right from the comfort of our living rooms. The internet and expanded access to technology make our small communities part of a global landscape. But your next cultural experience may be right outside your front door. Show More Summary

Rural America Gets a Lump of Coal for Christmas - USDA’s new definition of “actively engaged in farming”

On December 17, 2015, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their final rule defining what it means to be actively engaged in farming, and thereby eligible to receive federal farm payments. The final rule serves only to ensure...Show More Summary

Clean Power Plan Is a Step in the Right Direction

As 2015 closes, the Clean Power Plan is filed in the Federal Register. The Paris Climate Change Summit has concluded. And a new year is about to begin. What a great time to look at the future of energy and take stock. The final version of the Clean Power Plan set ambitious goals for many states. Show More Summary

All I want for Christmas is Crop Insurance Reform

On December 7 and 8, an historic meeting took place in Des Moines, Iowa. It wasn’t historic because there were thousands of people there. It wasn’t historic because the people there were famous. For the most part, there wasn’t anyone...Show More Summary

Tis the Season: An Open Letter from Tyler

Holiday cards, gifts, family gatherings, snowflakes, and hot chocolate. I seem to be forgetting something in that long list of signs of the season. Oh yes, I recall – appeals, appeals, appeals. They come in your mailbox, they come in...Show More Summary

No Progress on Farm Payment Limit Reform

On Dec 17, 2015, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued their final rule to define what it means to be actively engaged in farming, and therefore eligible to receive federal farm payments. The final rule made no progress from the proposed rule issued last May. Show More Summary

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