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 By Kalee Olson    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Nebraskans show support for voluntary conservation

A recent bipartisan survey of 501 Nebraska voters, conducted by New Bridge Strategy, revealed that 97% of participants, both rural and urban, support voluntary conservation and the benefits it...

 
 By Kalee Olson    Opinion    March 24, 2022

Appropriations bill holds funding levels steady for farmers, rural businesses

Federal programs that invest in rural America have a significant impact on small communities. As resources are made available to local businesses and farmers, they are better equipped with the tools...

 
 By Kalee Olson    Opinion    March 17, 2022

Value-added producer grant funding helps agricultural producer, business grow

On March 1, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced the availability of $19.75 million in total funding for projects as part of the Value-Added Producer Grants program. Individual f...

 

Peer disucssions, reliable resources key in adopting soil health practices

Nebraska’s agricultural economy relies on soil and water, so when the quality of those natural resources are in jeopardy, so too is the health of our state at large. Since the beginning of modern...

 

Anticompetitive practices are target of new online tool

KALEE OLSON Policy associate Center for Rural Affairs The U.S. departments of Agriculture and Justice recently launched an online tool designed to help farmers and ranchers submit anonymous comments...

 

Beginning farmer tax credit benefits new and retiring farmers

Ask any beginning farmer or rancher about the greatest challenge to starting an operation and the most common answer is access to land and operational assets. A program aimed at helping new producers...

 
 By Kalee Olson    Opinion    October 7, 2021

REAP provides funding for rural America's clean energy efforts

Rural Americans with an eye for renewable energy recently received promising news-the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $464 million in solar, wind and other renewable energy projects...

 

Requesting a farm number: why they are important

Any farmer or rancher who is interested in conservation programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service is required to have a farm number for the application process. Farm numbers are...

 

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