Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America


URL :http://cfra.org/blog/
Filed Under:Industries / Agriculture
Posts on Regator:878
Posts / Week:2.1
Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Ric Camacho Turned Tough Times into a Successful Business

The year was 2009 and as always, history seemed to repeat itself. This was evident to Ric Camacho Sr; just a year before he was employed by a large construction and mechanical firm. He worked for a company that was now busy eliminating departments and reducing jobs, including his. Show More Summary

SCORE Congratulates REAP on 25 Years of Service

Thanks to guest author Gene D. Knapp, with SCORE, for the kind words about the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program. SCORE has worked very successfully with REAP in Nebraska to jointly help entrepreneurs succeed. SCORE is a 50+ year old not-for-profit, 501(c)3, resource center of the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Show More Summary

REAP Gets Certified, and That Is a Good Thing!

What in the heck is the Rural Investment Corporation? You may have heard that term floating around and wondered what it meant. The Rural Investment Corporation (RIC) was established in 2011 as a legal subsidiary of the Center for Rural Affairs. Show More Summary

Crucial Votes on Clean Water Approaching

An important vote is coming as early as next Tuesday, November 3, 2015. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on S. 1140, which would halt the Obama Administration’s near-final rulemaking to clarify longstanding Clean Water Act protections...Show More Summary

Reaching a New Market with Farm to School for Farmers and Ranchers

October's Farm to School Month has been a great success. Happily, anyone interested in learning how to do Farm to School can access information anytime, anywhere with our webinar series. You can view our second webinar and slides here. Show More Summary

Artfully Rural: Unveiling of Public Artworks in Northeastern Nebraska ? Public Invited!

It'll be two exciting and artful days for two Northeast Nebraska communities in Burt County. Two separate public artworks will be unveiled on Sunday, November 1 in Decatur, and Monday, November 2 in Lyons. The projects, part of the Byway...Show More Summary

Artfully Rural:

It'll be two exciting and artful days for two Northeast Nebraska communities in Burt County. Two separate public artworks will be unveiled on Sunday, November 1 in Decatur, and Monday, November 2 in Lyons. The projects, part of the Byway...Show More Summary

Budget Deal Has Implications for Agriculture

This week, the White House and Congressional leaders struck a tentative budget deal. The deal provides a framework and the additional funding needed to allow Congress to complete the annual appropriations funding legislative process. The budget deal contains significant implications for agricultural and Farm Bill programs. Show More Summary

Webinar: Food Service Staff Explain How They Do Farm to School

Farm to School Case Studies for Nebraska Food Service Staff We kicked off our first of three Farm to School webinars by listening to three Nebraska food service staff. (Watch above!) They were rock stars as they shared how and why they have participated in local food procurement and farm to school activities. Show More Summary

Rural Rockstar: Martin Kleinschmit is a Champion of Change

Nebraska farmer Martin Kleinschmit was among 12 people recognized as a Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack welcomed them to a White House ceremony on Oct 26, 2015. Martin has been...Show More Summary

Three Guaranteed Ways to Increase Your Business

Dave Buchholz presented “How to SQUEEZE More out of Your Marketing” workshops across the state for our REAP Women’s Business Center. He shares his best advice with you right here! Small businesses continually seek surefire ways to grow. Show More Summary

Retracing the Steps

Writer Ash Bruxvoort describes a Mentor-Mentee pairing in Nebraska that leads to passing on knowledge about farming and so much more. It came about through the Center's partnership with the Women Food and Ag Network. Stephanie Bertagnoli once said she would never move back to Nebraska. Show More Summary

Rural Nerds: Who Will Sit Up with the Corporate Sow?

It's here! The #1 report in our countdown of the Top 10 Rural Research Reports. It would be hard to overstate the importance of this early research to the Center for Rural Affairs. The report foretold the future of livestock production, not just in Nebraska, but nationwide. Show More Summary

Rural People and Rural Landscapes Intrigue

Rural people sell themselves short when it comes to the art and culture that exists in our communities. Too often we head to the city to take in our fill of culture. Last year I visited a rural arts collective on the eastern plains of Colorado. Show More Summary

Medicaid Mythbuster #3: Medical Care When You Need It

Another frequent complaint about Medicaid is that it provides substandard medical coverage. Once again though, the numbers tell a different story. Medicaid coverage provides health care financial peace-of-mind. Not surprisingly, fewShow More Summary

Top 15 Types of Latino-owned Businesses

A few weeks ago, a colleague asked me why Latino micro entrepreneurs focus on retail or construction businesses instead of developing other ideas. As a loan specialist who works directly with Latino businesses, my immediate thought was, I see more than retail. I decided to look into it. Show More Summary

Rural Nerds: Primer Built the Leaders of a Movement

In the next-to-last post from our Top 10 Rural Research Reports countdown, we are standing on the shoulders of giants. Today's Throwback Thursday (#tbt) report showed how practical on-farm research should be done. And in the doing, it...Show More Summary

Construction Begins on the Minnesota-Iowa Line

About a year ago, I wrote about the Minnesota-Iowa transmission line. It's one of several projects in the Midwest to improve the electric grid and provide new inroads for renewable energy. Known as Multi-Value Projects (MVPs), these new lines are designed to improve reliability and efficiency. Show More Summary

Rural School Celebrates Delicious Food All Month

October is here and so begins National Farm to School Month. The National Farm to School Network seeks to empower children and their families to make healthy food choices. Mel Maendele is doing just that within the Norris School District. Show More Summary

Good News for Kids, Farmers, & Small Towns

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) along with Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) have taken the lead in introducing the Farm to School Act of 2015, a bill that will expand the highly successful USDA Farm to School Grant Program. Show More Summary

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