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Community development comes first for award recipient

Each year, the Bob Steffen Pioneer Award is bestowed by the Center for Rural Affairs to a person who works to make extraordinary contributions in building community engagement within their own communities. People who receive this award provide a model for innovation, stewardship, or community development.

Few people exist who show more passion for or work harder toward those goals than Hank Miller.

Not all farm foods covered by federal COVID-19 payment plan

Farmers can start applying for emergency aid approved by Congress in response to COVID-19. But federal agriculture officials aren't ready to cover all commodities just yet.

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program includes $19 billion in funding, most of which will cover payments to farmers who can show their bottom line has been adversely affected by the increasingly volatile market.

Iowans asked to weigh in as part of Our Iowa, Our Water Survey

Every Iowan lives in a watershed and, for years, rural Iowans have grappled with challenges posed by intense flooding and poor water quality. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we believe rural people should have a seat at the table where decisions are made that impact their communities—water management decisions are no exception. 

Will you take a few minutes to complete the Our Iowa, Our Water Survey so we can better advocate for rural Iowans as lawmakers at all levels work to address flooding and water quality concerns?

Technology improvements, declining costs create a wave of new solar projects

The Midwest has a bright future in solar energy. 

A combination of residential, community, and utility-scale projects have led to a significant increase in solar capacity across the country. Additionally, improvements to technology have led to declining costs thus creating a wave of new projects and economic opportunities for states with substantial potential to generate low-cost, renewable electricity from solar.

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