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New CSP rule expands eligibility, but contracts not automatically renewed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released the interim final rule for its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

The rule gives an overview of the changes that USDA will make in administration of CSP as part of the 2018 farm bill.

CSP is the USDA’s leading working lands and land management program. Its goal is to reward conservation efforts.

Staff spotlight: Shawn advances the Center’s mission number by number

Knowledge of numbers, a passion for teamwork, and a love of rural living make Shawn Vetick perfectly suited for her role as accounting assistant with the Center for Rural Affairs.

The Nebraska native has been crunching the numbers in the Center’s accounting department since 2010, starting as a part-time employee, and full-time since 2012.

Shawn’s role is vitally important in keeping everything running smoothly financially for the Center staff, as well as investors.

Clara’s Garden shows that a sustainable floral business is possible

Being a florist focused on sustainability in the face of our changing climate may be difficult, but Mediapolis, Iowa, mother-daughter duo Meredith and Jen Hinson do just that.

Meredith began her floral career working for a local florist 15 years before opening her own shop—Clara’s Garden—in 2000. Jen joined the Clara’s Garden team when she moved back for the summer after teaching in Houston, Texas, for a few years.

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