List of organizations and programs involved in small farm work
Center for Rural Affairs
Description: Programs include: 1. Rural Enterprise Assistance Program (REAP)
Training and loans for small businesses; 2. Land Link & Heifer Project -
Matching service and interest-free livestock loans; 3. Value Added Programs
(market Access Project) - Specialty markets; 4. Action Alerts - Legislative
Updates (Federal and Nebraska Issues); 5. Rural Opportunity Stewardship Project
Training for sustainable/profitable farming/ranching practices.
Center for Rural Affairs, 101 S Tallman St - PO Box 406, Walthill NE 68067,
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
Description: Our most valuable resource is our network of consumers, producers,
educators, and resource providers. This network can be participated in with
several approaches. Programs include local foods program, mentoring,
organizational listserve, workshops, newsletters, and conferences. The Society
provides up to date information of funding opportunities.
Paul Rohrbaugh, RR1, Box 66, Steinauer, NE 68441, 402-869-2288,
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
Description: Programs include Kimmel/Arbor Day Foundation and the Rural
Advantage Program. A wide array of programs in Agriculture, Natural Resources,
Community Resources and Family and Consumer Science.
211 Agricultural Hall - East Campus, University of Nebraska - Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE 68583-0703, Cooperative Extension Offices are located in 84 sites
The Nebraska EDGE Program
Description: The Nebraska EDGE (Enhancing, Developing and Growing
Entrepreneurs) is the umbrella organization for rural entrepreneurial training
programs hosted by local communities, organizations and associations.
Marilyn Schlake (Program Coordinator), 53A Filley Hall - East Campus,
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0947, (402) 472-4138,
The University of Nebraska Food Processing Center
Description: The center provides a combination of technical and business
assistance to the food industry on a confidential basis. The technical
capabilities include pilot plants and laboratories to assist manufacturers on a
wide range of food products and unit operations with product and process
development. It offers a range of business development capabilities in market
research, product costing, ingredient sourcing, market testing, and business
143 H.C. Filley Hall - East Campus, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln,
NE 68583-0919, Website: fpc.unl.edu
The North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability
Description: This is a four-state, multi-institutional, farm-to-fork effort
designed to improve the profitability and competitiveness of small and mid-size
farms in the Midwest. Key and unique to the North Central Initiative for Small
Farm Profitability are farmer clusters working with researches to put
science-based, market-driven results into action in the four-state North Central
region. The clusters are made up of farmers and ranchers in Iowa, Missouri,
Nebraska and Wisconsin who have an idea or product, or who are already working
on an idea or product, for increasing small farm profitability. Local resource
providers support the clusters, and it is hoped cluster members will help apply
knowledge learned from this initiative into their local communities.
Ken Wurdeman, Initiative Coordinator, 58 Filley Hall - East Campus, University
of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-1772, phone (402) 426-0807, Website:
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Programs include: A. Limited Resource Farmer - Extra Consideration is given to
farmers who are limited in their financial ability. B. Incentive Program with
Equip C. AgrAbility Program - Program for handicapped individual to continue
Room 152, Federal Bldg, 100 Centennial Mall - North, Lincoln, NE 68508,
(402) 437-5300, Website: www.ne.nrcs.usda.gov/
FSA - Beginning Farmer Loan Program; Heifer Project; REAP (micro loans)
Center for Rural Affairs - www.cfra.org
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension - extension.unl.edu
Web Sites are found in every Extension Office in Nebraska.
The Nebraska EDGE Program - nebraskaedge.unl.edu/
The University of Nebraska Food Processing Center - fpc.unl.edu
North Central Small Farm Profitability - www.farmprofitability.org/partners.htm
Center for Rural Affairs - www.cfra.org
Food Network Directory available from the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture
Nebraska Cooperative Extension - Publications range from information regarding
crop production to family and consumer science to horticulture
Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter, published monthly. Available at
www.cfra.org or by contacting the Center through the website or by email;
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society - bimonthly newsletter
Cooperative Extension in Nebraska - as a wide variety of newsletters that it
releases weekly and monthly.
North Central Small Farm Profitability - annual newsletter
Regular events (annual workshops, field days, tours, etc)
Center for Rural Affairs - Annual Meeting usually in the fall. Check newsletter
for exact date.
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society - Annual Healthy Farms Conference; A
partnered Conference in the Fall; Geographical and informational dispersed tours
The Nebraska EDGE program is a statewide network of public/private partners
working together in their local communities. The mission of the coalition is to
foster and promote entrepreneurship in the region or community.
The Food Processing Center offers a variety of workshops throughout the year.
Examples include Entrepreneur Workshops, Food Allergens, Ingredients and
ingredient Functionality, Extrusion Workshops and others.