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Blog Post Archive

Federal Crop Insurance Gets Failing Grade

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we’ve heard from farmers across the Midwest and Great Plains about the negative impacts of federally subsidized crop insurance for over a decade. A farm safety net is important to help family farmers mitigate risks, but there are real concerns with the current crop insurance program. Show More Summary

Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market Returns

The Santee Unci Maka (GrandMother Earth) Public Market will return to the Santee Sioux Reservation on July 25 at the Ohiya Casino and Resort from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. The market will be held every Saturday from August through October. Along with fresh, locally grown produce (grown right in Santee), much more will be available. Show More Summary

Federal Crop Insurance Gets Failing Grade

Today we released a new policy brief, Evaluating Federal Crop Insurance Promises vs. Performance: A Report Card. The grades show it's time to reform federally subsidized crop insurance programs. In particular, reforms that emphasizeShow More Summary

Awesome Farm Tour of Clear Creek Organics Coming in August

In America, too many of our children don’t know where food comes from. You might think, yeah, but that’s an urban thing. Well think again. Three years ago, a Nebraska school studied the food knowledge of kindergarten through third graders. Show More Summary

Is Rural America Hazardous to Your Health?

This article was contributed by Jon M. Bailey, former Rural Policy Program Director at the Center for Rural Affairs. You can reach him at Those of us who live in rural America often proclaim its positive attributes...Show More Summary

Vibrant Small Towns Embrace Art and Self-Expression

Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places you will find art and cultural expression in the most unlikely of places. Small towns develop art and cultural experiences to encourage tourism and create local economic opportunities, certainly. Show More Summary

Pssst, The Secret is Out: Crop Insurance Is about to be Graded. Reform School Needed.

During the debate over the 2014 Farm Bill, members of Congress bragged about how much money so-called reforms of federal farm subsidies would save by doing away with direct payment to farmers and having federally subsidized crop insurance...Show More Summary

Texas Hosts Veterans to Break New Ground in Farming

Battleground to Breaking Ground is doing just that for veterans who want to farm. The new program of workshops offered by Texas AgriLife Extension offers training and assistance to military veterans who are interested in a career inShow More Summary

#tbt-Byway of Art Projects Take Shape

Last July we learned the Center had received an ArtPlace America grant to support creation of a public artwork in 4 neighboring towns in northeast Nebraska. The project includes the help of visiting artist Matthew Mazzotta. Byway of Art has been developing ever since. Show More Summary

Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

The Center for Rural Affairs welcomes syndicated agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter Mary Grace Foxwell to our corner of the world. The father/daughter duo will read from their recently released book The Land of Milk...Show More Summary

Let’s Talk Food Policy

Amy Radding, former Rural Community Foods Systems Specialist at the Center for Rural Affairs and currently a grant writer for us, contributed this article. What governs our food system? In the United States, we have a huge array of laws,...Show More Summary

6 Reasons I’m Excited about the Good Living Tour

The Good Living Tour, produced by Hear Nebraska, is a first-of-its-kind, FREE, family friendly tour across Greater Nebraska. Each show features three diverse, original bands. It’s also a community storytelling project to help attract and retain young people. I wish the Good Living Tour existed when I was still lived in my hometown of Peru, NE. Show More Summary

The Bottom Line: Medicaid Expansion a Fiscal Winner for Nebraska

Evidence shows that states that have expanded Medicaid have witnessed substantially faster growth in healthcare jobs than states that have not expanded.   According to a report from Dr. Allan Jenkins and Dr. Ron Konecny of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, expanding Medicaid in Nebraska would support 10,779 jobs in Nebraska in FY 2019-20. Show More Summary

Growing Farm to School Programs

Farm to school programs offer children better, fresher, more nutritious, and more local food choices that empower children and their families learn more about the food on their plates and make better food choices. These programs also...Show More Summary

Food Baskets and Farmers Market Build Momentum with Omaha and Santee

Since I started work for the Center for Rural Affairs in November 2013, I have been both at the “beginning” and the “later” stages of two garden projects. They are for the Santee Sioux and Omaha Tribes in Northeast Nebraska. The Santee Garden to Market Project started in 2011 with establishment of 15 gardens. Show More Summary

Meet Juan Sandoval, REAP Hispanic Business Center Director

I grew up in the 3rd largest city in Venezuela. When I moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 1999, it was a bit of a culture shock. But I love that everyone in town knows who I am. Everywhere I go, I run into a friend. I have learned to appreciate the little things in life. Show More Summary

REAP Staff the Hardest Working in the Country!

REAP is well known as the go-to program for entrepreneurs in need of services including lending, loan packaging, one-on-one counseling, business plan development, and specialized entrepreneurial training. Our staff has come a long way since we began in 1990. Show More Summary

Women Landowners Set to Make Changes after Attending Workshop

On Wednesday, June 10, a Women Caring for the Land workshop met at the Pender, Nebraska, fire hall. As a female intern for the Center for Rural Affairs, I attended the workshop to help other women from the Center run the day’s events. Women Caring for the Land is a project of the Women Food and AG Network. Show More Summary

Congratulations on Your 25th Anniversary!

This article was written by Ron Volkmer, Director, Creighton University School of Law. The occasion is our small business development program - REAP's - 25th anniversary. Since its inception in 2007, the Creighton University School of...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Preserves Health Insurance Marketplaces

The Supreme Court recently announced their decision upholding tax subsidies to help people purchase individual health insurance plans through a federal health insurance marketplace.   The Supreme Court made the right decision, preserving...Show More Summary

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