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Nebraska’s key industries drive growth

Nebraska Economist

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Financial challenges facing farm enterprises

Main Street Economist , Issue 1

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Can markets improve water allocation in rural America?

Water, one of the most fundamental resources for economic activity, covers about three-fourths of the earth?s surface--but only 2.5 percent of that amount is considered fresh water. While freshwater supplies in the United States are relatively abundant, increasing demand and drought, especially in the Great Plains, have left some states wondering whether there is enough fresh water to go around. ; The drive for greater efficiency in the use of water has led to the emergence of water markets. These markets allow for the equitable transfer of water rights from lower-value agricultural uses to ...
Economic Review , Volume 93 , Issue Q IV , Pages 97-117

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Stronger labor markets spark a spending spree

Nebraska Economist , Issue Sept

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The Nebraska economy gains steam

Nebraska Economist , Issue Mar

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Nebraska shakes off the summer slowdown

Nebraska Economist , Issue Dec

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Nebraska’s job growth accelerates

Nebraska Economist , Issue Sept

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Nebraska profits from the farm boom

Nebraska Economist , Issue Dec

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Coming home to rural America: demographic shifts in the Tenth District

Sweeping demographic shifts are challenging the growth of many rural communities in the Tenth District. The retirement of the baby boomers, coupled with the exodus of young adults, threatens to leave rural areas with a rapidly aging population and a shrinking local workforce. The strength of these demographic changes could hinder economic growth for many rural communities in the future. ; Rural communities in the district, however, are quietly enjoying another demographic shift?a return of middle-aged residents to rural places. This shift may be a promising sign for economic growth and wealth ...
Economic Review , Volume 94 , Issue Q III , Pages 65-90

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Will rural prosperity prevail in 2008?

The rural economy was strong in 2007. Record farm incomes were fueled by rising ethanol demand and by stronger export demand, which was driven in part by a weaker dollar. Farmers used the year?s higher profits both to strengthen their financial conditions and to boost investment in land and equipment. Meanwhile, businesses on Main Streets reaped benefits from the higher farm spending, and the fortunes of energy-dependent regions brightened with higher energy prices. ; As the year progressed, however, the outlook for the rural economy began to dim. Following national trends near the end of the ...
Economic Review , Volume 93 , Issue Q I , Pages 69-86

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