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Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

Filed Under:Industries / Agriculture
Posts on Regator:574
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Rural People Are Ready to Address Climate

By Brian Depew on December 4, 2013 - 9:04am Recent polling in our home state of Nebraska reveals a trend we have long suspected. The Nebraska Rural Poll found that 73% of rural Nebraskans believe climate change is happening, 54% think humans are causing it, and 60% of rural Nebraskans think action is needed to address it. Show More Summary

New Grant Will Increase Local Foods in School Cafeterias

By Kathie Starkweather on December 3, 2013 - 4:16pm We're pleased to be one of 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia to receive a USDA Farm to School Program grant. We were awarded $99,600 for a project to bring farmers and schools together. Show More Summary

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Deadline Approaches

By John Crabtree on December 2, 2013 - 5:21pm The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) just opened the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments in 2014. From December 2 through January 17, 2014, farmers, ranchers, and foresters interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS. Show More Summary

A Grazing Study with Multiple Benefits

By Wyatt Fraas on December 2, 2013 - 6:47am How do you mange steep, thin, erosion-prone soils? Long-term set-asides have been the go-to plan for decades. That’s especially true when the soil has been stripped of native cover by tillage. Show More Summary

Wisconsin’s Badger-Coulee Transmission Line Project Moves Forward

By Lucas Nelsen on November 29, 2013 - 10:02am A transmission project in Wisconsin took an important regulatory step this fall, after years of siting and community interaction, including challenges from those opposed to the project.Show More Summary

Conservation Prospects May Rise with Women Landowners

By Kathie Starkweather on November 27, 2013 - 9:21am Women have owned about half of farmland in the Midwest for years as partners with spouses. The percentage of women who own farmland is on the rise. In Iowa, for example, about half of landowners are women. Show More Summary

Nebraska Tax Committee Update

By Virginia Meyer on November 26, 2013 - 3:59pm This fall the Tax Modernization Committee, a group of Nebraska state senators charged with evaluating our state's tax system, held public hearings across the state.   We are happy to report...Show More Summary

Do You Have Transmission Concerns? Let Us Know!

By Johnathan Hladik on November 26, 2013 - 7:47am Because clean energy transmission is important to the future of our rural communities, it’s important to us. That’s why we’re working overtime to answer your questions and address your concerns. Show More Summary

Q&A: Federal Healthcare Exchange Roll-out and State Exchanges

By Steph Larsen on November 25, 2013 - 12:59pm I’ve heard that is having big problems. Can I still buy health insurance from there? If you live in a state that built its own health insurance marketplace (also called “the Exchange”), you don’t have to worry about Show More Summary

Thankful for Rural and Small Town America

By John Crabtree on November 25, 2013 - 12:00am On November 28th, the nation honors the bounty of autumn. This is a special holiday for the Center for Rural Affairs, when the nation celebrates the season of harvest, and we celebrate the opportunity to be in service to rural and small town America. Show More Summary

Farm Bill Update: Lawmakers Voice Support for Payment Limits

By Traci Bruckner on November 22, 2013 - 2:09pm The 2013 Farm Bill debate moved one step further in late October. Conference committee members met to start hammering out the differences between the two bills.  A conference committee to settle a final budget resolution has been running parallel to the farm bill conference. Show More Summary

Rural Seniors and the Affordable Care Act

By John Crabtree on November 11, 2013 - 12:00am The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a report examining how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts rural seniors ( Show More Summary

Honor Veterans by Helping Fulfill Dreams to Farm and Ranch

By John Crabtree on November 11, 2013 - 12:00am Over 40 percent of the veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars hailed from small towns and rural areas, and many now want to farm or ranch. Last year we conducted a series of workshops...Show More Summary

Prairie Pride Poultry Showcases a Veteran's Tender Side!

By Virginia Meyer on November 11, 2013 - 3:53pm This Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2013, I’m proud to know Daniel Hromas. I’ve never met a tough-guy who pampers his chickens so much. Hromas, a disabled Marine Corps and Army Veteran, talks about his fuzzy, newly hatched laying hens like a proud papa. Show More Summary

Don't Leave this Powerful Market Segment Out of Your Business Plan

By Guest Writer on November 11, 2013 - 10:36am When developing business and marketing plans, many small businesses leave out a very powerful market segment – the government.  In 2012, clients of the Nebraska Procurement Technical Assistance...Show More Summary

Nebraska Broadband Initiative Launches Business Broadband Project

By Guest Writer on November 9, 2013 - 5:22am The Nebraska Broadband Initiative is launching a new project to help Nebraska businesses increase their economic vitality through better use of broadband technologies. The goal is to help businesses be more productive and competitive. Show More Summary

Rural Seniors and the Affordable Care Act

By Jon Bailey on November 8, 2013 - 3:05pm The Center is just about to release a report, Seniors and the Affordable Care Act, looking at how the new law affects seniors in rural communities. Of note, many of the reported ‘issues’ with health insurance exchanges won't have a direct impact on them. Show More Summary

Finding the Nebraska Beyond Omaha and Lincoln

By Guest Writer on November 7, 2013 - 6:30am I’m a recovering (retired) lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with REAP for the past five years as part of my job at the Community Economic Development Clinic (CED Clinic) at Creighton University’s School of Law. Show More Summary

Finding Success in the Transition from Employee to Owner

By Dena Beck on November 5, 2013 - 12:34pm Second Harvest Curriculum (SHC) was created as an internet business in 1993 by a homeschool family to help families save money on homeschool curriculum. The business buys and sells used home school books all over the US and internationally, including Japan, Australia, Canada, and to APOs. Show More Summary

Farm Bill for Small Town America Too

By John Crabtree on November 4, 2013 - 12:00am As Congress enters the final stages of moving forward a final Farm Bill, we must all remember that the Farm Bill is the vehicle by which Congress makes crucial investments in the rural economy. Show More Summary

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