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Recent posts by Kirstin Bailey

The Buzz About Our Research

The Center for Rural Affairs recently undertook a project to research different designs of bee hives, their practicality in Nebraska, their weights, and honey production.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the specialty crop industry in the state, and honey is a specialty crop.

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Center explores alternative beehive structures in new project

The honey industry has experienced a drop in the number of bee hives in production in the past decade. This decline is a result of a number of pressures on bee health and beekeeper retirement.

However, beekeeping as a supplemental farm income has increased in popularity over the past several years. Among the new beekeepers entering this industry are women, senior farmers, and those with disabilities. These newcomers are likely to struggle with the most commonly used beehive structure, the Langstroth hive, which can be large and heavy.

Tips for Working with Latino Producers and Latino Youth in Nebraska

This guide to working with Latino producers and youth contains the most important lessons we have learned in the past two years. You will find two lists with our top tips and three case studies that highlight lessons learned by producers who secured loans. Each one has a different business and a different goal, but the theme is thesame. They needed a little extra support to help their farm dreams become a reality.

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Winds of the past, a farm today

I love the wind. I like to feel it rushing by, rustling leaves. I like to watch birds catch a breeze and take off. My son loves flying kites, and watching bubbles twisting around, showing us just how much our air moves. However, there is a point where it stops sounding like the ocean and starts causing damage. Living next to our corn and bean acres outside Brainard, Nebraska, the wind races across the field unbridled and rips apart my yard. It knocks tree branches down, sends items unsecured across the highway, and causes damage to property and trees.