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Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

Filed Under:Industries / Agriculture
Posts on Regator:642
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Wind Legislation a Boon to Rural Communities

By Lucas Nelsen on March 31, 2014 - 12:00am Many are blown away by the thriving wind industry in the Midwest. Neighboring states like Iowa and South Dakota have seen fantastic expansion, with each state getting 27 and 26% of their energy from wind respectively, and Kansas is fast-approaching the 20% mark. Show More Summary

Keep Calm and Carry on with

By John Crabtree on March 31, 2014 - 12:00am Officially, the open period for enrolling in the new healthcare marketplace expired at midnight, March 31st. However, consumers who began their enrollment through or the U.S. Show More Summary

Wind Gives Small Towns a Boost

By Lucas Nelsen on March 24, 2014 - 12:00am The wind energy industry has been a big boost to communities across the country, providing a new income source to farmers and ranchers that host projects, reinvigorating small communities by...Show More Summary

Western Elected Officials Call for Balanced Use of Public Lands

By John Crabtree on March 28, 2014 - 9:50am A delegation of western elected officials brought their call for balancing energy development with other important uses of federal public lands to the US Department of Interior in Washington, DC. Show More Summary

Training our Future Women Gardeners, Farmers, and Ranchers

By Virginia Meyer on March 28, 2014 - 6:10am Attention women who are getting started in gardening, farming, and ranching. We have some great learning opportunities for you here in Nebraska! If you are dreaming of owning a farm or ranch, we have just the session for you. Show More Summary

EPA Proposes Major Upgrade for Clean Water Rules

By John Crabtree on March 26, 2014 - 9:31am On March 25, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed an administrative rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. The loopholes left more than half of America’s streams and millions of wetland acres unprotected from pollution. Show More Summary

Kansas, Continue Wind Energy Leadership

By Lucas Nelsen on March 24, 2014 - 12:00am Expanding wind energy has brought fantastic opportunities to Kansas. Rural Kansas has often been the recipients of this boost, with the industry bringing new income to farmers and ranchers that host projects, and also reinvigorating small towns by providing new economic opportunities. Show More Summary

We Are Rural: Health

By Jon Bailey on March 21, 2014 - 7:14am You expect us to take on tough issues, the ones that shape the destiny of small towns and rural communities. Health care is a perfect example. With your help, we fought to extend Medicaid so that people who need health insurance can afford it. Show More Summary

We Are Rural: Food and Community

By Kathie Starkweather on March 20, 2014 - 3:58am Local food is a hot topic, and your support helped farmers and buyers “eat local” in Nebraska. The Farm to School Program brings local, healthy food into school cafeterias. It connects children with their food and its source. Show More Summary

We Are Rural: Energy

By Johnathan Hladik on March 19, 2014 - 12:35pm This year we grew. From coal to clean energy, we are working to help small towns and rural communities engage in clean energy topics. We listened to your feedback – from the Midwest to the coasts – to help guide our growing portfolio. Show More Summary

Rural Voices for Climate Change

By Guest Writer on March 17, 2014 - 12:00am By Matt Russell,, State Food Policy Project Coordinator, Drake Agricultural Law Center On March 30th, beginning at 2:00 p.m., the Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa Interfaith...Show More Summary

Rural and Small Town Opportunity

By John Crabtree on March 17, 2014 - 12:00am When the new Census of Agriculture was released recently, we got a lot of calls. Most were questions from journalists wondering what was going on that created such “unconventional” statistical shifts in Nebraska - increasing numbers of farmers and ranchers, etc. Show More Summary

We Are Rural: Family Farming and Ranching

By Wyatt Fraas on March 18, 2014 - 5:24am Farming and ranching is more than an occupation. It is a passion, a way of life for most. In 2013, your support allowed us to expand efforts to establish new farmers and give them a real chance to succeed. Show More Summary

We Are Rural: Advocacy

By Traci Bruckner on March 17, 2014 - 2:40am After a two-year debate, a new farm bill cleared the House and Senate as our annual report headed to the printer. It was a heck of a fight. We won some and lost some. Many of you weighed in throughout to speak up for investments in beginners, small businesses, and natural resources. Show More Summary

We Are Rural: Small Business

By Jeff Reynolds on March 14, 2014 - 4:17am Fernando Lopez was a perfect fit for our Entrepreneur of the Year award last year. He illustrates the pride and success your support creates for small businesses and rural communities. Dreams of business ownership drive people to risk, to build, to persevere, and to achieve. Show More Summary

USDA steps up for Small Farmers

By John Crabtree on March 13, 2014 - 12:00am On March 10th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan program that will benefit the growing number of smaller farmers seeking to access opportunities in local and regional food system growth. Show More Summary

We Are Rural: Reflecting on 40 Years

By Brian Depew on March 13, 2014 - 1:56pm The Center for Rural Affairs turned 40 years old this year. Think about that for a minute. When Marty Strange and Don Ralston first threw open the doors 40 years ago, it was anyone’s guess if the scrappy organization on main street in a town of 800 would make it for one year. Show More Summary

Rural Voices for Climate Change

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 11, 2014 - 12:00am Communities all over the U.S have been harmed by climate change. Floods, droughts, fires, and mudslides have plagued numerous communities and climate-driven disaster clean-up alone cost taxpayers nearly $100 billion in 2012. Show More Summary

Stalled Tax Bill would be Bad for Rural Nebraska

By Jon Bailey on March 10, 2014 - 12:00am Lowering the valuation of agricultural property from its current level of 75 percent of full market value is not the way to lower property taxes in Nebraska. It is most likely to result in higher...Show More Summary

Rural Voices: Agriculture and Climate Discussion Panel Coming to Iowa

By Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch on March 11, 2014 - 12:41pm On March 30 in Ames, Iowa, a diverse panel will come together to talk about the realities and effects of climate change and our responsibility to take meaningful action. Folks from the faith, agricultural, academic, environmental, and small business communities will be represented. Show More Summary

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