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Filed Under:Industries / Agriculture
Posts on Regator:718
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Gallup Poll Shows Sharp Drop in the Uninsured Rate

By Jon Bailey on August 21, 2014 - 2:56pm Gallup, the polling and survey organization, recently reported on the nation’s uninsured rate since enrollment in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces began. The overall uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014 (after the initial open enrollment period of the ACA) fell to an historical low. Show More Summary

Moving Rural America Forward

By John Crabtree on August 19, 2014 - 12:00am In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still -- and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation...Show More Summary

Helping to Overcome Barriers to Latino Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

By Kathie Starkweather on August 11, 2014 - 6:01pm Despite the booming increase of Hispanics and Latinos in Nebraska, a strange phenomenon occurred between 2002 and 2007. A significant number of farmers and ranchers with Hispanic and Latino origins fled the agricultural sector. Show More Summary

Compassion and Care Reflect the Best Human Values

By Hank Rohling on August 9, 2014 - 3:26pm I was four when mom fell and cut her leg while gardening. After that, she had trouble walking. What I didn’t understand at the time was that rheumatoid arthritis had been slowly creeping into her joints for years. Show More Summary

Sustainable Farming Ideas and Resources Offered for Veterans

By Wyatt Fraas on August 6, 2014 - 6:17pm Missouri's Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and the Center for Rural Affairs will host an informational session for Veterans at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. Show More Summary

Special Series: Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission

By Johnathan Hladik on August 4, 2014 - 6:15am Writer Loren Flaugh, a longtime friend of the Center, is uniquely interested in energy. Living in Central Iowa, a region heavily committed to renewables, he’s had no shortage of inspiration. Show More Summary

Rooted in Place, Speaking Nationally

By Brian Depew on August 1, 2014 - 4:58am Just this week, I heard from people in New Jersey and England. Both wrote to say the values of the Center connected with them. The writer from New Jersey asked a question. “Your work appearsShow More Summary

SNAP Benefits and Rural Households

By Jon Bailey on July 30, 2014 - 10:31am Our newest report looks at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by where people live. SNAP is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture and offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. Show More Summary

Iowa Loses Solar Opportunity

By Lucas Nelsen on July 28, 2014 - 4:32pm In mid-July, the state of Iowa gave up a $1 million grant that would have helped the state take steps to become a national leader in solar power, just as it has with wind energy. The U.S. Department...Show More Summary

Eating Is Education

By Sarah Smith on July 28, 2014 - 7:46am Food culture in America is changing. In the book Lunch Wars, author Amy Kalafa describes her concern that her children were exposed to unhealthful school food. She investigated and then approached the superintendent of schools to share her findings. Show More Summary

Grazing, Stock Handling, and Water Management Featured

By Wyatt Fraas on July 25, 2014 - 7:49am Want a chance to talk all things grazing? You can at the 14th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference! A major focus this year is stock handling, especially low-stress handling techniques and demonstrations. Show More Summary

New Art Grant Celebrates a Lively Rural Culture in America

By Adele Phillips on July 23, 2014 - 3:34am Last month we learned the Center for Rural Affairs received one of 55 grants awarded by ArtPlace America this year. The grant supports creation of a public artwork in four neighboring towns in northeast Nebraska. Show More Summary

Down and Dirty on the Clean Water Act

By Steph Larsen on July 21, 2014 - 5:17am After several hours in the hot summer sun baling hay, running a race, or watching your kids or grandkids in your local parade, nothing quite hits the spot like a cool, clean glass of water. Growing up in Wisconsin, I thought our water tasted the best of anywhere I’d ever been. Show More Summary

REAP Now Offers Online Courses for Your Small Business

By Monica Braun on July 18, 2014 - 9:45am We’re pleased to announce a new program to make it easy for you to take high-quality, noncredit online courses no matter where you are located. Our REAP Women's Business Center is partnering with ed2go to offer hundreds of courses. Show More Summary

Statistics Show Challenges Micro Businesses Face

By Juan Sandoval on July 16, 2014 - 7:04pm Last May, the Center's REAP Hispanic Business Specialist Imelda Catalan joined me at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Conference in New Orleans. AEO is the nation’s leading voice...Show More Summary

Exit Planning 101: What Do You Do When It’s Time to Go?

By Guest Writer on July 10, 2014 - 1:12pm How do small business owners successfully get out of their business when the time comes? There are nine possible ways to leave a business, and several alternative deal structures that can help the process be successful – even in difficult markets or industries. Show More Summary

Change Is Needed for the Ella’s of Our World

By Hank Rohling on July 4, 2014 - 10:22am I became a first-time grandfather last September to a tiny cutie named Ella. Her entry into this world was supposed to be in November. Her first three weeks were spent in a neonatal intensive care unit. Show More Summary

Groundbreaking Rule Will Limit Carbon Emissions

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on July 3, 2014 - 7:02am Every year, our nation’s fossil fuel-fired power plants dump 2.4 billion tons of carbon emissions into our air, accounting for 40% of our nation’s carbon footprint. Carbon dioxide is a known heat-trapping gas and one of the leading causes of climate change. Show More Summary

To Each Their Own: Two Avenues for Farm to School

By Guest Writer on July 2, 2014 - 3:29am The Farm to School Program is all about making connections to bring fresh, locally-raised food into schools. The driving interest may come from the school or from the community. Either way, the goal is the same. Show More Summary

Huerto Air Vista Grand Opening

By Center for Rural Affairs on June 30, 2014 - 9:30pm A Garden's First Year This new garden in Columbus, Nebraska, opened in May 2014. It began by volunteers going door to door in the neighborhood, asking if people were interested in a garden. Show More Summary

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