Center for Rural Affairs | Overcoming three types of biases

While many people are familiar with the concept of bias, having a deeper understanding of what it is and how it manifests is often the first step in circumventing negative ramifications.
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When the dust settles, farmers focus on land stewardship

By Cora Fox Center for Rural Affairs   In recent past, the Great Plains has experienced extreme weather conditions. Most recently, we witnessed very high winds combined with dry conditions, resulting in dust clouds reminiscent of the 1930s. With a challenging agricultural economy, partnered with changes in land values, larger equipment, and farming practices, many farmers and ranchers are...
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Giving farmers a helping hand

Whether you are a beginning farmer or have been farming for 30 years, it is important to know resources are available to assist you in your farming venture — through education, technical assistance, mediation, or counseling.
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USDA ignored public support of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule

The Center for Rural Affairs stands for rural communities and we, too, believe that an essential foundation for vital rural communities consists of a healthy economy and diverse farming models.
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Working lands and crop insurance could offer conservation opportunities in the farm bill

Many issues surrounding conservation are decided at the time of farm bill renewal.
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Recommendations for crafting wind ordinances

Wind turbines are multiplying across the U.S., and most are installed in rural areas overlooking crops, cattle, timber and lakes.
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60,000 beginning farmers benefit from USDA program

Interest in farming is strong. We hear from beginners, as well as retiring farmers and ranchers, each day who are looking for opportunities and searching for solutions to farm transition.
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Sign up now for working lands conservation program

The 2018 sign-up deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is quickly approaching.
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To close the digital divide, it must first be identified

Despite the potential for broadband to modernize the economy in rural America, access and availability continue to lag.
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Farm bill program supports rural businesses

Rural entrepreneurs are often important members of their communities. The upcoming farm bill offers a significant opportunity to support those entrepreneurs and their rural businesses through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program.
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