New Speakers Bureau at the Center

As you’re planning your upcoming meetings and/or conferences, remember the Center for Rural Affairs for keynote speakers and presenters.

The Center for Rural Affairs is a nationally recognized research, advocacy and rural development organization that promotes family farming and ranching, small business, and entrepreneurial development.

Development Matters

A new fiscal year is upon us. Before we discuss this year’s annual campaign, however, consider how far we have come in recent years. Your generosity has truly made a difference, providing a 30 percent increase, in just two years, in the money that funds our most timely, crucial, cutting-edge, and controversial work.

New Employee for the MarketPlace

We’re very happy to welcome Joy Marshall to the Center’s staff. Joy started August 1 and has been hired as a planner to work primarily on organizing the MarketPlace. This conference was so successful last year that we are looking forward to her full-time employment to make this second MarketPlace even better. MarketPlace 2008 is scheduled for February 27, 2008, at the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska.

Live from Des Moines

We had the great privilege to attend last weekend’s annual Iowa Farmers Union convention in Des Moines, IA. As you may have heard, we’re in the middle of an absurdly early presidential campaign, and the Iowa caucuses are considered important by those in the know. So there just happened to be substantial political presence at the IFU convention, and we certainly enjoyed aggravating campaign staff by pointing out their bosses’ regular votes against the interests of family farmers and rural America.

Turning the Page, Not Closing the Book

Initiative 300 has been a crucial part of retaining more Nebraska family farmers and ranchers, especially livestock producers, than other states without the same protection against corporate farming and vertical integration. But the courts have overridden Nebraska’s anti-corporate farming law, passed by a vote of the people in 1982.


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