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Good news from the House of Representatives on 2021 appropriations

With the national focus on the widespread impacts of the coronavirus, the normal order of things has been thrown in disarray. Annual appropriations for agricultural programs is no exception. 

However, last week the U.S. House of Representatives finalized an important stage of moving forward on planning for agricultural program spending in 2021, and there were several wins for rural communities. While there are no signs yet about when the Senate will move on appropriations, this House bill is a good starting point.

Stories of rural resiliency: livestock producers take processing into their own hands

Growing up, Dusty VanRenan and Amanda Meier knew a thing or two about processing their own livestock.

Amanda’s family raised cattle, sheep, hogs, and horses near Union, Nebraska, while Dusty’s family had poultry, hogs, goats, horses, and cattle near Hyannis, Nebraska. For each, it was tradition not only to responsibly care for their animals but also to process them into a quality product. Today, they both use that passion and knowledge to find new economic opportunities and assist their rural neighbors and communities.

Clear and enforceable COVID-19 protections needed

The Center for Rural Affairs joined 25 organizations in signing a letter on July 23 requesting members of the Nebraska Legislature to establish clear and enforceable COVID-19 temporary protections for meat and poultry plants to keep workers, families, and communities safe—as well as to safeguard food production and Nebraska farmers.

8 tips to make farmers markets successful

Are you a part of your local farmers market, as a customer, vendor, manager, cheerleader, or funder? Markets carry great tradition, and whatever your current or future role is, here are some tips and experiences from managers and staff, for National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 2 to 8.

1. Markets need to be dependable and well-advertised—day of week, time of market, and location should be established, well-known, and consistent.

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