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Apr 17, 2014 | Rural Communities

Growing a ‘Farm Community’ Inside a City School

Bryan High educators traveled to California to see what an urban agriculture academy looked like. The irony of Nebraskans traveling to learn about agriculture was not lost on the California tour guides.

Apr 15, 2014 | Rural Communities

Government Aid Only Goes so Far for South Dakota Rancher; Kindness is Key to Recovery

Rancher Shawn Freeland doesn’t look to the USDA’s livestock disaster assistance program to restore his herd following last October’s blizzard. Only time – and extraordinary acts of kindness – will help him weather his cattle losses.

Feb 27, 2014 | Rural Communities

FCSAmerica Calendar Earns Supporting Role in Academy Award Nominee Nebraska

If you haven’t seen Nebraska, this might be a good weekend to catch up on one of the most talked about films of the year. The Academy Awards are Sunday night. And even if host Ellen DeGeneres doesn’t talk about it, FCSAmerica plays a supporting role in the film.

Feb 25, 2014 | Rural Communities

Turning Grain Bin Tragedy Into Life-Saving Message

Sharing the story of her father-in-law’s death inside a grain bin never gets easier. But Mandy Hammes recounts the tragedy in the hope that other farmers will take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families. Her message is timely during Grain Bin Safety Week.

Jan 31, 2014 | Rural Communities

Scholarships Support Growing Ag Enrollments

The agriculture industry continues to attract college students looking for promising careers. To help finance their education, ag majors are invited to apply for $2,500 scholarships.

Oct 19, 2013 | Rural Communities

Nebraska Farmers Fight Hunger

Now there’s an easy way for Nebraska’s grain producers to help alleviate hunger in their local communities.

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