Blog Profile / Blog for Rural America

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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

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Energy efficiency and local renewables offer big savings

The Center for Rural Affairs believes that energy efficiency and renewable energy development can offer significant benefits to our state. Energy efficiency in particular provides Nebraskans with an affordable option to decrease their power consumption and electric bills. Show More Summary

Time to call your legislators

With legislative sessions in full swing, it is vital for rural constituents to contact legislators regarding issues that affect our communities. Here are some simple tips for calling your legislators. Before contacting your legislator,...Show More Summary

Farmer suicide rate at historic high

A recent article in Iowa Farmer Today caught my attention. The article highlighted a 2016 Center for Disease Control (CDC) report that found national suicide rates for people working in agriculture are now more than 50 percent higher than they were in 1982. Show More Summary

Online Marketing Sessions held across the state

The Women's Business Center continues to offer Online Marketing Strategies sessions across the state.  In Hartington (pictured), participants discussed building online relationships using websites, email marketing and social media.  Another...Show More Summary

Think beyond biases to create welcoming communities

We all discriminate. It does not matter if you are a person of color or not, female or male, young or old, gay or straight. We all discriminate. I’m not talking about intentional discrimination, like denying housing based on gender or the color of skin. Show More Summary

New Year’s resolution: be more efficient and increase capacity

The New Year’s resolution is a common tradition around the world. In the new year, many of us look to our past experiences and strive to better ourselves. The Latino Business Center is coming into the new year following a very successful 2016. Show More Summary

Rural communities and schools are too reliant on property taxes

The Center for Rural Affairs agrees that property taxes are too high and local schools and government entities are too reliant on property taxes. This reliance upon property taxes for education and local government demands even the most...Show More Summary

From the desk of the Executive Director: What if the workers owned it?

The sale and closure of a midsize manufacturing plant in a nearby small town got me thinking. The business was home-grown, but no one in the next generation was interested in taking the helm. The owners were ready to retire, and they needed to sell the business.  The buyer was from out of state. Show More Summary

Marketing assistance, startup capital identified as top small business needs

Nebraska businesses and those who serve them have once again provided vital information about their operations. The results are included in “Their needs and thoughts: Results of the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment,” aShow More Summary

Iowa Legislative Priorities for 2017

Want to help us advocate for better Iowa policy? Tell us here! The Center has long advocated for national legislation that benefits rural Iowans. But as we have expanded our Iowa office, we have become more involved with Iowa state policy advocacy. Show More Summary

Pollinators are essential for crops

The majority of Americans pay little attention to pollinators – bees, butterflies, wasps, moths and other insects. However, without pollinators, many crops would not grow. A large variety of fruits and vegetables would become scarceShow More Summary

A neighborly dispute: adverse possession bill could mend fences in Nebraska

Farmers Joe and Carol Schmieding purchased land in Seward County in 1987, land that included a driveway and waterway that spanned forty acres. However, the boundary line was not clearly marked, and neighbors used this driveway for farming...Show More Summary

Iowa Policy Advocacy 101

National policy tends to draw an enormous amount of attention - especially these days. And for good reason. Policies such as the Farm Bill, Clean Power Plan and Affordable Care Act affect the entire country. But it is important to focus on state policy, as well. Show More Summary

BeeCheck can save valuable pollinators

The majority of Americans pay little attention to pollinators – bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, and other insects – in their day-to-day activities. However, without pollinators, many crops simply would not grow. A large variety of fruits...Show More Summary

Solar energy can power communities

As renewable energy development continues to surge across the nation, many Midwestern states are building more local renewable energy to meet consumers' needs. Nebraska has significant renewable energy resources with the third best wind energy potential in the country, and ranks 13th in solar energy potential. Show More Summary

Income tax for wealthy must rise

Printed in the Lincoln Journal-Star on Sunday, Feb. 12. Income taxes on high earners must rise. There, I said it. I said the one thing no one in Nebraska politics can bring themselves to say. Property taxes in the state are too high....Show More Summary

Beginning farmers: the quest to find land

You’ve decided that farming is for you, and the next step is to find your own land. As a new farmer, you want to identify when landowners are first thinking about a change. You want to know when a landowner’s children decide not to come home, or when a health condition forces a change in farming activity. Show More Summary

Dear Mr. President: keep rural America a priority

February 8, 2017  President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President:  As organizations representing rural America, we look forward to working with your Administration in the coming years to help ensure that all Americans face a brighter future. Show More Summary

Solar can serve communities

As renewable energy development continues to surge across the nation, states like Nebraska are building more local renewable energy to meet consumer needs. Nebraska has significant renewable energy resources, ranking 13th for solar energy potential, but still relies heavily on fossil fuels like coal to generate our power. Show More Summary

Tell us why you Love Rural America

During February, we'll be sharing the reasons we love rural America and we hope you'll share yours with us, too, by using the #LoveRuralAm hashtag on social media. Take a photo, compose a poem, or write a story on why you #LoveRuralAm. Show More Summary

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