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Report Examines New Landowner Compensation Concepts For Renewable Energy Transmission

Today the Center for Rural Affairs released a report entitled Landowner Compensation in Transmission Siting for Renewable Energy Facilities. The report examines a new concept in landowner compensation, the Special Purpose Development Corporation (SPDC), as a tool to address landowner opposition to transmission projects. Also included is a consideration of eminent domain and other procedures […]

Better Deal for Farmers & Ranchers

Lyons, Nebraska – On May 21st, the Center for Rural Affairs will release a technical report that examines landowner compensation in transmission siting for renewable energy facilities. The report evaluates the potential application of a new concept in landowner compensation, the Special Purpose Development Corporation (SPDC), alongside consideration of current procedures used in the context […]

Deadline Extended for USDA Value-Added Producer Grants

Lyons, NE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced an extension for grant applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant program. The extension was made necessary by changes to the program included in the 2014 Farm Bill that was recently signed into law. The new grant deadline is April 8, 2014. “In rural and small […]

President Obama Signs the 2014 Farm Bill

Sen. Stabenow praises inclusion of healthy food incentives for increasing access to healthy food, supporting farmers and local economies February 7, 2014 | ANN ARBOR, MI —President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) into law today. This bill supports the food security of millions of American families, provides a degree of certainty […]

President Obama Signs Farm Bil

Lyons, Nebraska – Today, President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law while in East Lansing, Mich., at Michigan State’s Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center. President Obama touted the legislation’s benefits to a prosperous agricultural sector and, consequently, to the nation’s overall economy. However, criticism of the Farm Bill’s lack of reform of farm […]

Fair Food Network: 2014 Farm Bill Passes Senate Sen. Stabenow Praises Inclusion of Healthy Food Incentives

ANN ARBOR, MI — Today’s passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) by the Senate delivers comprehensive legislation that supports the food security of millions of American families, provides a degree of certainty for thousands of farmers, and invests in the development of sustainable local and regional food systems. With both House and […]

Center for Rural Affairs: Will Farm Bill Deal Overturn Reform?

Lyons, Nebraska – Yesterday, lead Farm Bill negotiators – the two chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees – finished their negotiations. Settling remaining differences on dairy policy and farm program payment limit reform cleared the way for a final deal on the remaining issues on the table. “Big agribusiness likes […]

Center for Rural Affairs on Farm Bill Final Passage

  Lyons, Nebraska – Last night, the House and Senate farm bill conference committee sent a compromise bill back to both chambers for a final, up-or-down vote. The Conferees had been working to reconcile the farm bills passed in the two chambers last year. “We oppose the bill as reported out of conference committee,” said […]

Final Farm Bill opportunity for Reform and Investment

Lyons, Nebraska –The Center for Rural Affairs transmitted a letter urging members of the House-Senate Conference Committee working on a final Farm Bill to address the priorities necessary to create a better future for all of rural America. “First and foremost, the final Farm Bill must include real reform, for both farm programs and crop […]

Senator Stabenow Visits Hunter Park Garden House in Lansing, Discusses the 2013 Farm Bill and the Impact of Locally Grown Food on Mid-Michigan’s Economy

LANSING- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today met with community leaders at Hunter Park GardenHouse in Lansing to discuss how the production and sale of more locally grown foods boosts the local economy. According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture, if every household spent just $10 dollars per […]

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