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Recent posts by Cody Smith

Crafting our policy priorities from the roots up

Advocating for policy that builds a stronger, brighter future in rural America is no small feat. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we understand that, to craft this future, we must engage with rural people and communities in all aspects of our work. This principle is part of our core values and purpose; it’s why we work – and live – where you do.

Answering the call: Veterans choose the farm after service

On May 24, the Center for Rural Affairs and Legal Aid of Nebraska partnered to host the second annual Answering the Call: Veteran Farm Tour. The tour was a follow-up to a veteran farmer conference in March and is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The tour is intended to facilitate networking, knowledge, and resource awareness of beginning farmers and ranchers who are veterans.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Cody Smith, our newest rural advocate

“Rural advocate.” This term took much too long for me to discover. I joined the Center for Rural Affairs team last month, and since then, the phrase has really caught my eye – I’ve seen it around the office, on the Center’s website, and all over Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It took a while to figure out why I found the slogan so intriguing, but I think I’ve finally found the answer.