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Salon owner goes teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

During September, Brittany Sage promotes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at her business, Cut it Out Salon in downtown Litchfield, NE population 259. She has lost loved ones to ovarian cancer, so she adds teal streaks to hair, paintsShow More Summary

Governor Signs Proclamation for Farm to School Month

In 2010, Congress designated October as National Farm to School Month. This acknowledged and celebrated that farm to school programs are an important way to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about where their food comes from. Here in Nebraska, we have many farm to school developments to celebrate this October. Show More Summary

Increasing agricultural land values in rural Nebraska puts pressure on tax bills, Part 1

We will explore the increases in agricultural land values, its effect on landowners’ property tax bills, and the price renters pay to lease land to grow crops in multi-part blog series. This first installment will look at some of the...Show More Summary

Check it out - wind energy story map

The development of renewable wind energy provides significant benefits to rural communities. We've mapped a few wind development stories from the Midwest and Great Plains. Check it out by clicking here.  To learn more renewable energy development and rural communities, click here. Clean Energy Blog (deprecated) Your stories

Electrify the Economy

A report from the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project got me thinking about the rural development potential of transforming the energy sector. The report outlines pathways to reduce carbon pollution between now and 2050. The goal is to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Show More Summary

Wind Energy Payments Contribute to Local Roads

The Mower County (MN) Board of Commissioners recently voted to dedicate revenue from local wind farms to road repairs and maintenance. The payment, likely $330,000 to $500,000 each year for a 10-year period, will contribute significantly...Show More Summary

Improving food systems, enhancing lives

Sharon Freemont sits on a stool in the evening, weeding the garden. Sometimes her three grandchildren join her. The garden is surrounded by high grass, and beyond that, fields, shaded in the evening by a lone tree. “It’s nice in the evening, I sit, relax and meditate,” Sharon said. Show More Summary

Beginning farmer grows organic and sheep operation

Justin Doerr left the Army after serving overseas and knew he wanted to farm for his civilian career. He is big on planning, so he attended farm tours and webinars across three states to prepare for launching his farm business. He eased back into sheep production, using facilities his parents had vacated while Justin was in the service. Show More Summary

Mapping the Coverage Gap

This is a joint blog by Brian Hanson, Senior Policy Associate at the Center For Rural Affairs, and Molly McCleery, Appleseed Health Care Staff Attorney. There was much discussion last spring in Nebraska Legislature about whether we should find a way to help people in our state who fall into the health coverage gap to finally afford health insurance. Show More Summary

My summer vacation in rural America

By Ava Smith, 10 years old Note: School is back in session in rural areas across the country. Ava Smith, age 10, daughter of Elisha Smith, spent a day in our office this summer and, inspired by our work, wanted to share her summer vacation...Show More Summary

Local food trucks dish out a rumble

Tacos vs. smoked ribs. Frozen treats vs. salads.  Hundreds flocked to downtown Norfolk, Neb., on a warm Friday evening in late July for a taste of local food and local music.  The focus? Food Truck Rumble.  The goal? Sample until you were stuffed, then vote on your favorite cuisine. Show More Summary

Who’s Using the Rural Food Business Growth Helpline?

Last November, with the help of a USDA Rural Business Development Grant, the Center launched the Rural Food Business Growth project providing technical assistance and resources, along with a helpline for rural food growers and food businesses to contact for assistance. Show More Summary

Illinois landowner and school district benefit from wind energy

Their farmhouse door was one of many that Horizon Energy Services staff members knocked on when they went door-to-door asking if anyone would be interested in a wind farm in McLean County, Illinois. The landowners were not sure what to think about the idea, so they attended meetings hosted by Horizon to provide information to the community. Show More Summary

Hey, South Dakota… Let’s Talk

During the month of September, the Center for Rural Affairs will host a series of farm tours and community conversations to talk with South Dakotans, particularly from rural and small towns. We’ll chat about how the state’s climate and...Show More Summary

Life’s lessons learned on the farm

I had thought nothing of it when our conversation grew louder to compensate for the sound of my dad’s lawnmower starting. Occasionally Dad, when he wants to do something, will randomly get up and mow the area in which the activity is to take place. Show More Summary

Your support makes our work happen

You did it. Take a look! We are happy to share four pictures of rural people working with the Center for Rural Affairs  to make small towns more vibrant places. Your support for the Center makes the work pictured here happen. From small...Show More Summary

With your help, we salute dogs and rural America

We have crossed the halfway point in the Dog Days of Summer, our August campaign to raise $10,000 by Aug. 31. We need your help. Have you donated yet? We still need $7,149 to get to $10,000 in 15 days. The funds will be distributed across...Show More Summary

Two Farm to School Trainings set

Join us for one of our last two Farm to School trainings. We promise you won’t go away hungry; you will leave inspired and ready to make some initial first steps to bring the farm to your local school. Center for Rural Affairs has partnered with UNL Extension to offer six farm to school trainings across the state. Show More Summary

Sweet Summer, Sweet Corn

'Tis the season for ears of corn coming out of our ears! One of the many benefits of living in rural America - particularly in the corn belt - is the abundance of sweet corn during the late summer. And this time of year, roadside stands...Show More Summary

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