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-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man.” But, did Thoreau consider how much water is too much or even too little? A recent National Public Radio segment...

 

Producers are increasingly altering fall schedules to implement cover crops

As producers work to harvest their cash crops this fall, some will also be turning their attention to another. Cover crops, which can be a grass, legume, or brassica, are seeded for both on-farm and...

 

-Isms: Original views on life in rural America

With all the homecoming hullabaloo last week, I’ve been thinking about the intersection of school and traditions and the importance of maintaining pieces of the past mixed with the present....

 

With continued support, processors look to new opportunities

As the demand for local foods grows, small- and mid-sized meat and poultry processors are looking to make investments to expand their capacity, create new markets for their product and train the next...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

If you know me well, or if you’ve read this column for years, you know how much Husker football means to me. Always has, always will. Despite getting a breaking news alert during our grandson’s...

 

Educators can become climate leaders with small cahanges in their classrooms

Reducing their carbon footprint in the classroom doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming for educators. By taking small steps, such as recycling and reusing materials, teachers can create a...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

I’m on vacation this week. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. It’s not like I procrastinated and waited until 3:30, Tuesday afternoon, to write this week’s column. It isn’t like I...

 

Education begins on the first day of life,' says surgeon who wants to build kids' brainpower

When Dr. Dana Suskind takes a child from the arms of their worried parents and heads into the operating room, she knows the great responsibility of performing surgery on the delicate structure of the...

 

Protecting Title IX

Fifty years ago, women’s volleyball wasn’t even a varsity sport at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fast forward a half century and Nebraska volleyball is must-see entertainment. Matches at...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Are Nebraska diehards the worst fans in college football or do they live up to the perceived hype of being the greatest? After Saturday, I’m embarrassed by the actions of multiple so-called...

 

Microenterprise Tax Credit applications increase in 2021

A program incentivizing microentrepreneurship, by encouraging business investment, is seeing renewed interest after updates made last year. Established in 2005, the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise...

 

Nebraska's agricultural innovation

Nebraska is a land of pioneers. Our state was settled by hardy homesteaders who ventured across windswept prairies in search of opportunity. While we often celebrate the grit and determination of...

 

Aspirin: Is it right for you?

For most people, taking a daily 81-mg aspirin to prevent stroke and heart attack is more risky than beneficial. Aspirin has been in use as a pharmaceutical for over 150 years making it one of our...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Talk about a pain in my ^*&$. In this case, it’s sciatic nerve pain, beginning in the lower back, extending down the side of my right leg, ending slightly below the knee. What started as an...

 
 By Kate Hansen    Opinion    August 25, 2022

New resources explain crop insurance for small grains

Across the country, thousands of farmers grow small grains such as wheat, oats, barley and rye. Some choose to do so for conservation benefits, while others aim to diversify their income streams, to...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

By the time this edition lands in your mailbox, I imagine our office will be a bit quieter. Our summer reporters either will have returned to high school or be headed to Wayne for college. Both will...

 

Coming together to grow Nebraska

Nebraska is experiencing terrific growth. We’ve seen big success creating jobs, cutting taxes and attracting investment to our state. Recently, I hosted Nebraska’s Ag and Economic Development Summ...

 

Renewables enhance grid reliability amid summer heat waves

This summer, headlines suggested that rolling blackouts across the country may be possible because of predicted above-average temperatures. Texas-based grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Trivia time: Which singer passed on the role of Sandy in the film version of “Grease?” Can you see Marie Osmond playing the good-girl-turned-biker-babe? What about Carrie Fisher? Or Susan Dey,...

 

Reckless government spending and tax hikes

In March 2021, Democrats unilaterally passed a massive $1.9 trillion spending bill. That bill is credited with jumpstarting the inflation nightmare our country is now confronting. This weekend,...

 
 By Brian Depew    Opinion    August 11, 2022

Rural America needs investment in home construction and repair

Communities in every corner of the country now struggle with a lack of affordable homes, an ailment long associated with fast-growing urban areas. A lack of affordable housing hamstrings rural towns’ abilities to attract workers and slows business...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Thomas Fuller, an African slave and mathematician, said, “Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.” If you were unable to attend Sunday’s...

 

Eight tips for dealing with inflation

JESSICA CAMPOS Women’s Business Center director Center for Rural Affairs During the first quarter of 2022, 85% of small business owners said their business was affected by inflation, and 67% were...

 

Summer interns gain first-hand experience

Every fall, spring and summer, my office provides some outstanding college students with the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. or at one of our state offices. These internships give students...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the village that raised me as a child. It may sound cliche, but I firmly believe the educators from Clay Center Public School were some of the best and...

 

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