When I moved to Nebraska, I was told the Number One topic of conversation (after Husker football) was the weather. Of course, one could argue that no two people ever have a conversation about Husker football, but … I digress.

The weather is a very real and important topic to Nebraskans. However, it has not, in my experience, reached the top spot. Maybe it is the crowd with whom I surround myself, or maybe I pay more attention to the most often discussed topic of FOOD!

Across the Nation

Rural happenings from Nevada, Maine, Indiana, and Washington

Nevada: The Nevada Office of Rural Health is undertaking a program to develop more training opportunities for health care professionals in the state. Searching for new solutions to the shortage of rural health care providers, Nevada and other states are recognizing that recruiting students from underserved, rural communities is a promising way to overcome the challenge of long-term retention of health care professionals in rural communities.

Back to School Facts and Figures

As the nation’s students and teachers return to school, here are selected statistics about American schools, students, and the educational process. The information was compiled by Institute of Education Services and derives from the Institute’s research and statistical centers.

Elementary and Secondary Education Facts

- $489.4 billion –Projected expenditure for public elementary and secondary schools in the 2007-08 school year. Per pupil public school expenditures have increased by over $3,000 since 1990-91. It is projected that the 2007-08 school year will see per pupil spending ranging from $9,911 (low projection) to $10,070 (high projection), with an average per pupil expenditure of $9,969.

Small Farm Energy Primer Online

Solar collectors, wind generators, ethanol stills, organic farming, and energy conservation. Saving money on energy has been a hot topic among farmers. In 1980, we published the Small Farm Energy Primer to display farm-built energy-saving ideas and conservation strategies.

While energy-saving innovations languished through the 1990s, high energy prices have renewed interest in ways to conserve energy or produce it on the farm.

New Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) has published the Farmers’ Guide to Wind Energy: Legal Issues in Farming the Wind. The guide contains important legal information for farmers interested in a range of wind energy developments, whether leasing land to a third-party developer, installing a small wind turbine for on-farm energy needs, or developing a large farmer-owned wind project for profit.


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