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Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

Filed Under:Industries / Agriculture
Posts on Regator:733
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Beyond Buy Local, Invest Local

By Brian Depew on September 22, 2014 - 12:00am Buy local. It’s a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home. Economists tell us that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two to four times the economic benefit. Show More Summary

Your Questions Answered on Waters of the US Rule

By Steph Larsen on September 17, 2014 - 5:07pm You have questions, we have (some) answers! There’s been a lot of confusion and misinformation about the Waters of the US proposed rule. If you have other questions, we’d love to hear them!...Show More Summary

Faith Leaders Agree - Action on Climate Change Needed

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on September 17, 2014 - 5:12pm Last month, we gave a very basic explanation of the science that shows us climate change is happening right now. This month, we want to share what faith communities are saying about climate change. Show More Summary

Don't Muddy the Water

By Guest Writer on September 15, 2014 - 12:00am By Trisha Jackson,, South Dakota State University Democracy can work if we use it. It doesn’t function well when stakeholders refuse to come to the table, blocking any attempts for compromise. Show More Summary

Beware Corporate "Right to Farm"

By John Crabtree on September 15, 2014 - 12:00am On August 5th, Missourians voted on an ill-conceived “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment supported by a coalition of major corporate farming interests, which spent over $1 million to secure its passage. Show More Summary

Bringing the Farm Back to School

By Elisha Smith on September 9, 2014 - 2:53pm Children across Nebraska are back in school, mourning the loss of summer, and probably unenthused about their school lunches. But there might be something new on the menu, thanks to a Nebraska...Show More Summary

The Science Behind Planet Earth’s Atmosphere

By Steph Larsen on September 8, 2014 - 7:50am Summer is hotter than winter, right? Ever wonder why summer is warmer than winter, and why Phoenix is hotter than Fargo? The answer to both of these questions, of course, has to do with how much heat is coming into the atmosphere, and how much is going out. Show More Summary

October Is National Farm to School Month

By Sarah Smith on September 5, 2014 - 5:29am On September 11, 2014, Nebraska Governor Heineman will sign a proclamation initiated by the Center for Rural Affairs declaring October 2014 as the state's Farm to School Month. Political figures across the state will be invited to sit at lunch tables and join in a meal with students. Show More Summary

Testimony on Limiting Carbon Pollution Drawn from Rural People and Stories

By Brian Depew on September 3, 2014 - 4:07am I traveled to Denver in late July to testify at a public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon pollution rule. The rule will rein in carbon pollution and curb climate change. Show More Summary

Clean Water Act: What Questions Do You Have?

By Steph Larsen on September 2, 2014 - 4:11pm The Environmental Protection Agency has released a rule to clarify what the law is regarding which bodies of water are subject to the Clean Water Act. This rule, sometimes called the Waters of the U.S., or “WOTUS,” has stirred up some controversy, especially among farmers and ranchers. Show More Summary

Rural Small Business Hiring on the Rise

By Jon Bailey on September 2, 2014 - 1:15pm Our new assessment of rural small business trends, needs, and concerns in Nebraska shows some promising data. Most notable was the overall increase in hiring and job creation activity. The dramatic rise in Latino-owned businesses participating in the survey was also encouraging. Show More Summary

Corporate Farming: “Right to Farm” Amendment a Misnomer

By John Crabtree on August 29, 2014 - 3:13am On August 5, Missourians voted on an ill-conceived, so-called “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment. A coalition of major agricultural corporations and commodity group allies spent over $1 million to secure its passage. Show More Summary

Hispanic Population Gains Offset Rural Out-Migration, Keep Small Towns Bustling

By Virginia Meyer on August 27, 2014 - 1:14pm My town, Fremont, Nebraska, population 26,000, has an aging population. We’re no different from many small and midsized towns across rural America. By 2017, 31% of Fremont’s residents are projected to be 55 or older. Show More Summary

Communities Can Change Transmission for the Better

By Lucas Nelsen on August 25, 2014 - 12:00am Earlier this month, several hearings were held across Missouri concerning a proposed transmission line that has the potential to carry Midwest wind energy to eastern markets. The MissouriShow More Summary

Farm Policy and Conservation Focus of Iowa Trip

By Traci Bruckner on August 22, 2014 - 8:25am I’m writing this after having just returned home from Iowa. While we were there, my colleague John Crabtree and I met with farmer Craig Lang and later with The Des Moines Register’s Randy Evans. Show More Summary

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

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