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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative Leads the Way on Utility Solar

In late March, Central Iowa Power Cooperative - the largest generation and transmission cooperative in Iowa -  announced it will work with six member cooperatives to install 5.5 MW of solar power generation. For perspective, the entire...Show More Summary

Failure to Close Health Coverage Gap Is Unconscionable

On March 29, 2016, a bracket motion to LB 1032 - the Transitional Health Insurance Program Act - successfully doomed any chance of closing Nebraska’s health coverage gap in 2016. Effectively killing the bill, 28 senators voted to bracket...Show More Summary

REAP Bilingual Service Coming to McCook and Red Willow County

While Dena Beck continues to pursue her work with REAP, she will expand her region further east, while Nancy Flock will take over the reigns for McCook and the southwest region. Dena shares her thoughts with us below. As I head to McCook...Show More Summary

Beck Bids Farewell to McCook

Dena Beck recently closed a chapter in her career as she held office hours for the final time in McCook, Nebraska, several weeks ago. She shares her thoughts with us below. As I head to McCook for my last day of office hours, some thoughts...Show More Summary

Rural Rockstars: Greg and Kristy Parr Receive Prestigious Award

Greg and Kristy Parr of Norfolk, Nebraska, have been chosen as our Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipients. They were honored for their efforts to establish and grow their business Custom Sports, as well as their integrity and leadership. The...Show More Summary

Our Readers Have Spoken

Last September, we mailed an opinion survey to our paper newsletter readers. We heard back from over 300 of you, a 23% return rate. Here are a few highlights. Overall, you are satisfied or very satisfied with the newsletter content (89%). Show More Summary

Rural Rockstar: Bill Hedges, a Community Development Pioneer

We are pleased to announce Bill Hedges of Lyons, Neb. is the recipient of our 2015 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. Bill was honored for his integrity, leadership, and extraordinary efforts in community development at a special awards banquet in March. Bill is a cultural icon in Lyons. Show More Summary

Rural Rockstar: Matt Connealy Receives Citizenship Award

The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Matt Connealy as our Citizenship awardee. Matt was honored at a special awards banquet in Columbus, Nebraska. Matt and his wife Judy live near Decatur, Nebraska. Matt grew up in Decatur and has served in the Unicameral as a Nebraska Senator. Show More Summary

Beef: It’s What’s for Lunch

I was really excited to attend the Midwest Farm to School Conference. Not only to learn more about Farm to School in general, but particularly getting local beef into my kids’ own school lunch, especially since my family raises beef....Show More Summary

Sandhill & Sun Ranch: Nebraska Sandhills Conservation Profile

The Sandhill & Sun Ranch is located on just over 2600 acres in northwestern Brown County, Nebraska. Al and Lois Steuter, along with their four kids, developed a family cattle business where simplicity is a defining characteristic and...Show More Summary

Report Shows Crop Insurance Subsidies Impact Land Costs

On March 23, the Center for Rural Affairs along with Mike Duffy, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Iowa State University, released a report that explores the impact subsidized crop insurance places on land values. Farmers have told us...Show More Summary

Rural Rockstar: Betty Sayers Receives our 7th Generation Award

I am delighted to announce Betty Sayers, co-founder of Nebraska Rural Living, is the recipient of the Center's 2015 7th Generation Award. Betty was honored for her integrity and leadership at a special awards banquet in Columbus, Nebraska. The...Show More Summary

Switzer Ranch: Nebraska Sandhills Conservation Profile

The Switzer Ranch is a 12,000-acre diversified cattle ranch near the Calamus Reservoir in Loup County that has been in the family since 1904. Today four generations live on the land that, along with two neighboring ranches, is designated...Show More Summary

Farm Girl Journal Captures the Joy of Growing up on a Farm

Living in rural and small-town America is not a challenge, or a burden. I love living in a small town, having the ability to know my neighbors, and a genuine feeling of connectedness to the land and natural world. I can look out of my window at our garden, our flowers, the birds (and squirrels) at our birdfeeder. Show More Summary

What Does Environmental Stewardship Mean to Transmission Developers?

Transmission systems across the country are being upgraded to improve grid security, efficiency, and access to local energy sources such as wind. We’ve found that public input is the key to maximizing benefits and reducing unwanted impacts...Show More Summary

Top 5 “Ah Ha!” Moments from the Midwest Farm to School Conference

On March 2, 2016, more than 150 people from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri gathered in Nebraska City, Nebraska, to celebrate and learn how to bring Farm to School to the Midwest. Read on for five top moments shared with us by educators,...Show More Summary

Early Bird Registration for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

On June 2-4, 2016, more than 1,500 people will be in Madison, Wis. for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Will you be one of them? If so, you should register before March 31 to take advantage of early bird pricing! This biennial event is hosted by the National Farm to School Network. Show More Summary

Shovel Dot Ranch: Nebraska Sandhills Conservation Profile

“I think each generation of our family has learned new ideas and new methods to help improve the productivity and health of the land,” said Homer Buell, who owns and manages Shovel Dot Ranch along with his family. Shovel Dot is home to the fourth and fifth generations of the Buell family. Show More Summary

Time is Running Out to Sign-up for CSP

Time is running out for farmers and ranchers to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year.  This year’s deadline for producers to apply at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office isShow More Summary

Cost Matters When it Comes to Health Insurance

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we often talk about the financial consequences of Medicaid expansion from the perspective of the greater community. We focus on savings to hospitals, businesses, and state and local budgets. But how does...Show More Summary

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