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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

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Is Your Business Ready for Changes in Credit Card Processing?

This article was contributed by guest author Pat Kavan, a 16-year veteran of the credit card processing industry and a member of GROW Nebraska. Change is underway in the credit card industry. NFC (near field communication: ApplePay, Google Wallet, etc.) and smart card implementation is happening now. Show More Summary

Center Launches National Crop Insurance Reform Initiative

The time has come for crop insurance reforms that emphasize conserving soil and water, put real limits on subsidies to the nation’s largest farms, and ensure these subsidies are transparent to taxpayers. That’s why we are launching a...Show More Summary

Hitting the Road with a Marketing Master

Ask a set of small business owners what training they need most, and the overwhelming answer will be, “I need more help with marketing!” At least that’s what we discovered in our last Small Business Needs Assessment survey of REAP members,...Show More Summary

Santee Garden and Market Project Up and Growing

An Open House is planned for June 20, 2015 to celebrate the Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) Public Market season. The open house runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ohiya Casino & Resort in Santee, Nebraska. The Market will be held outside. Show More Summary

Coal Costs More than Electricity Bills

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) recently announced its decision to convert Unit 2 - one of two generation units - at Sheldon Station Power Plant to run on Hydrogen. The hydrogen fuel will be a by-product from Monolith Materials’...Show More Summary

Fast (and Sickening) Facts About Payday Lenders

Payday lenders target low and moderate-income people, advertizing a quick, easy loan to help make it until the next payday. In reality, payday loans begin cycles of chronic indebtedness. According to the Center for Responsible Lending,...Show More Summary

Unapologetically Rural: Clean Energy

“The biggest issue on climate right now is that there is no awareness. We need to let people know.” Those words from our annual report came from Arlyn Schipper. Last March Arlyn Schipper, a conventional grain farmer in Grundy Center, Iowa, took part in an event we hosted in a nearby town church hall. Show More Summary

Wanted: Nebraska School Partners for New School Greenhouse Project

A few weeks ago we shared the exciting news that we received a grant from the Blooming Prairie Foundation. We call this our Greenhouse-Grown Organic Entrepreneurs project, and now we’re ready for the next step. We’re looking for two Nebraska school partners. Show More Summary

Resource: Should Crop Insurance Be Part of Your Farm Risk Management Plan?

On June 10 from 8 to 9 am, the organization ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) will offer a free webinar called, "Should Crop Insurance Be Part of Your Farm Risk Management Plan?" A description from their website is below. Should...Show More Summary

Rally to Close the Gap!

In Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Nebraska State Capitol Building on June 6 there will be a rally to close the health care gap. We hope you'll attend. If you're on fence, here's a compelling reason why you should attend: 74,000 Nebraskans. Show More Summary

Revised Clean Water Rule Released

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized their proposed Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from...Show More Summary

Family Farmers Win, Packers Lose

Last week the Nebraska legislature debated and killed LB 176 for the year!   The Bill, introduced by Senator Ken Schilz, would have lifted Nebraska’s ban on packer ownership of hogs. Increasing packer ownership of hogs relegates smaller,...Show More Summary

Rapid Lending Pace: Good News for the Rural Economy!

Have you felt the buzz of entrepreneurship in your neighborhood? It is reverberating through the Center for Rural Affairs Lyons office as REAP staff are breaking all records. As we head into the final month of this quarter (April, May, and June), our Loan Specialists have made 35 loans totaling $440,250. Show More Summary

GROW Nebraska & REAP the Rewards!

Guest writer Sara Brownwood, GROW Nebraska Marketing Technology Director, contributed this article for our REAP 25th Anniversary celebration. GROW Nebraska and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) have partnered for over 15 years to help make Nebraska’s businesses strong. Show More Summary

Bling by Zing Earns Nationwide Following

Since 2011, David and Kimberly Nelson have been designing and producing high-quality custom bling designs and applying them to t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jeans, backpacks, headbands, dance and cheer uniforms, sports jerseys, mugs, helmets, car/store windows, and more! In the fall of 2012, the Nelsons applied for a REAP loan. Show More Summary

Transmission Updates Support Midwestern Collaboration

Later this summer the Environmental Protection Agency will release final details for the Clean Power Plan – a new rule that will reduce energy sector carbon emissions 30% by 2030. The CPP is innovative. It allows each state to create an individualized plan to meet emissions targets. Show More Summary

Unapologetically Rural: Food & Gardens

Community Gardens provide more than tasty nourishment, as you'll see in this annual report story. If you drove past Carriage House Estates trailer court and Air Vista park – just east of the municipal airport in Columbus, Nebraska –Show More Summary

Belgrade Solar Tour Generates Energy and Interest

Solar energy was the main topic of interest on May 16 at Jim Knopik’s farm near Belgrade, Neb. More than 20 visitors watched the electric meter change speed when the sun came from behind the clouds on the partly-cloudy day. Jim noted,...Show More Summary

Revised Clean Water Rule Is Refined and Improved

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution...Show More Summary

Saving Families from the Financial Ledge: Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska

For modest-income families in Nebraska expanding Medicaid is a no-brainer. Not only does it provide access to needed health insurance and health care, it provides a host of positive economic benefits.   According to a recent report from Dr. Show More Summary

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