Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

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Nebraska Artist Honors Native Culture through Traditional Beadwork & Quillwork

There is so much to discover in Nebraska’s small towns. The Santee Sioux Reservation located east of Niobrara is filled to the brim with talented artists and craftspersons, entrepreneurs and some of the most beautiful landscapes. Kady Strickland is one of Santee’s beadwork/quillwork artists and an amazing role model for her community. Show More Summary

Building Small Business IS a Global Affair

You know you are passionate about work when someone invites you to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellin, Colombia, while on vacation, and you still think about attending.   That is exactly what happened while I was visiting relatives on my trip to South America in March. Show More Summary

Premature Deaths on the Rise in Rural Areas

Where you live should not determine how long you live. New research shows it does. Americans have enjoyed increasingly longer lives over time. Advances in medicine, a decline in fatal car accidents, and falling violent crime rates mean we are living longer. But new research is showing a reversal of this trend for some. Show More Summary

T-HIP Bracketed, Coverage Gap Remains

The Transitional Health Insurance Program, LB 1032, failed to pass this year. But that doesn’t change the fact that nearly 100,000 Nebraskans still do not have a solution. Almost 100,000 of our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family...Show More Summary

What Advice Would You Give a New Banker?

Recently a new loan officer in a small rural bank reached out to me, wondering what training I could recommend for her. It´s refreshing to get a question like that. A lender who shows curiosity in learning more about new crops or ideas...Show More Summary

Center for Rural Affairs Applauds Legislative Vote on LB 947

Last week, Governor Ricketts vetoed LB 947, which would allow young Nebraskans who were brought here as children and call this state home to hold professional and occupational licenses. LB 947 is a crucial step forward for Nebraska, and for rural and small-town Nebraska in particular. Show More Summary

Exclusive Discount: Save $50 on National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Registration

Those connected to our Center for Rural Affairs Farm to School network are being offered a special discounted registration rate! The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Madison, Wis., on June 2 to 4, 2016, and you are invited. Show More Summary

A Switch to Wind Energy Could Save 1.9 Billion Gallons of Water

Nebraska relies heavily on coal to generate electricity in the state, even though we rank 4th in the nation for wind energy potential and 13th for solar power potential. These resources could easily play a larger role in our energy portfolio. Show More Summary

Apply Now for Value Added Producer Grants

USDA is accepting applications for $44 million in competitive Value Added Producer Grants to develop value added ventures. In times of low commodity prices, the help available through this program is especially appealing.   The grant...Show More Summary

Fourth Generation Family Farmer Looks to Renewable Energy

By Vern Jantzen, a fourth generation family farmer from Nebraska.    As a 4th generation family farmer, I am interested in making my operation and community as sustainable as possible. Renewable energy not only allows farmers to generate...Show More Summary

From Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska

From Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska Sheldon Station is an aging coal-fired power plant constructed in 1958 near Hallam, Nebr. Sheldon Station is the biggest polluter in Lancaster County and changing environmental regulations make continuing operations at Sheldon Station uneconomical. Show More Summary

Schools and Farms Build a Local Fruit and Vegetable Market

What happens when 20 to 80 food service staff comes together for training and networking with farmers? Good food, good conversation and lots of good connections – to ideas and to one another. Over the past couple of months, the Center for Rural Affairs and UNL Extension have traveled together to East Butler, Wayne, and North Platte Public Schools. Show More Summary

Survey Shows Early Childhood Is a Great Time for Farm to School

The results are in: Farm to School in early care and education builds healthy kids with bright futures!  In 2015, the National Farm to School Network surveyed early care and education providers across the country. Nearly 1,500 providers...Show More Summary

Janelle Moran Recognized for 10 Years of Service to Rural Nebraska

Janelle Moran recently reached the 10-year mark in working for the Center for Rural Affairs as the Southeast Nebraska REAP Loan Specialist in the REAP program. Janelle has done an outstanding job in implementing REAP services in southeast...Show More Summary

Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive and Well in Custer County

By Dena Beck, REAP Senior Project Leader As I move into more administrative duties with the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program, I've been reminiscing about my visits to small towns of Central & SW Nebraska to help rural small businesses. Looking...Show More Summary

Map of My Kingdom Play Examines Farm Transitions

“Would my husband and I automatically move into town so the next generation can move in?” asked a farmer. “And what would be our plans for our farm if our children will run it as ‘absentee landlords’?” Such questions and others filled a room in Columbus, Nebraska, one day in March. Show More Summary

If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It

“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” That's what my father, Bill Greeley, a rancher from Imperial, Nebraska, had to say after blizzard Selene foiled his plans of swiftly transporting newly acquired cows home from the Ogallala Livestock Market. The storm hit just as he left the sale barn, the trailer filled with pregnant cows. Show More Summary

Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative Leads the Way on Utility Solar

In late March, Central Iowa Power Cooperative - the largest generation and transmission cooperative in Iowa -  announced it will work with six member cooperatives to install 5.5 MW of solar power generation. For perspective, the entire...Show More Summary

Failure to Close Health Coverage Gap Is Unconscionable

On March 29, 2016, a bracket motion to LB 1032 - the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act - successfully doomed any chance of closing Nebraska’s health coverage gap in 2016. Effectively killing the bill, 28 senators voted to bracket...Show More Summary

REAP Bilingual Service Coming to McCook and Red Willow County

While Dena Beck continues to pursue her work with REAP, she will expand her region further east, while Nancy Flock will take over the reigns for McCook and the southwest region. Dena shares her thoughts with us below. As I head to McCook...Show More Summary

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