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Staying safe and engaged as we tackle the Coronavirus together

The Center for Rural Affairs is committed to continuing our work for opportunity and justice for everyone in rural America during the rapidly evolving response to the Coronavirus.

COVID-19 and the ripple effects will create new challenges for rural people and rural places. Our work may look different in the days ahead, but we will continue to serve our mission in all ways possible.

Growth in solar capacity projected to fuel rural economies

The growth of the solar industry has brought a wave of new projects to Nebraska, including a community solar farm in Scottsbluff that's expected to save the city more than $2 million in energy costs over 25 years.

With more projects on the horizon, Lu Nelsen, policy program associate for the advocacy group Center for Rural Affairs, says solar is poised to boost rural economies.

South Dakota Legislative update - March 13, 2020

South Dakota’s Legislative Session has nearly reached its conclusion. Thursday was day 36 (out of 37) of the session and Monday was the deadline for all bills or joint resolutions to pass both houses. March 30 is considered the 37th and last day of the session and is reserved for gubernatorial vetoes.

Iowa EQIP application deadline March 20

“The future of the small farmer is to be innovative — there’s no question about that,” said Larry Haren of Webster City, Iowa.

Larry has always sought to be innovative in his operation, which includes row crops, hay and raising registered Polled Herefords. Over the last decade, he has implemented conservation practices with support from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Censo 2020: Por qué rural cuenta

Por ahora, lo más probable es que haya recibido una postal o carta en su buzón invitándole a participar en el Censo 2020.

Establecido como un esfuerzo para contar a todos en los EE.UU., los datos recogidos como parte del censo afectan a todos los que son, o no, contados. Esto incluye bebés y ancianos, ciudadanos y no ciudadanos, residentes urbanos y rurales, y todas las demás personas en medio.

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