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Finance Overhaul Casts Long Shadow on the Plains

August 12, 2010

Far from Wall Street, President Barack Obama's financial regulatory overhaul will leave tracks across the wide-open landscape of American industry.

Designed to fix problems that helped cause the financial crisis, the bill will touch storefront check cashiers, city governments, small manufacturers, home buyers and credit bureaus, attesting to the sweeping nature of the legislation, the broadest revamp of finance rules since the 1930s.

In Nebraska farm country, those in the business of bringing beef from hoof to mouth are anxious, specifically about the bill's provisions that tighten rules governing derivatives. Some worry the coming curbs will make it riskier and pricier to do business. Others hope the changes bring competition that will redound to their benefit.

Farmers like Jim Kreutz use derivatives to soften the blow should the price of feed corn drop before harvest. His brother-in-law, feedlot owner Jon Reeson, turns to them to hedge the price of his steer. The local farmers' co-op uses derivatives to finance fixed-price diesel for truckers who carry cattle to slaughter. And the packing plant employs derivatives to stabilize costs from natural gas to foreign currencies.

Derivatives are financial instruments whose value "derives" from something else, such as interest rates or heating-oil prices. The first derivatives were crop futures, which appeared in the U.S. at the end of the Civil War and became a standard facet of business for companies across America.

President Obama and other proponents say the financial overhaul will prevent the kind of reckless lending and borrowing that sank the financial system and left taxpayers with the check. They say non-financial companies are worrying unduly about the derivatives portion of the legislation.

The full impact won't be known for years, but in Nebraska nerves are already on edge.

To read the full story, visit The Wall Street Journal

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Graduate Student Association 12th Annual Awards Banquet


Congratulations to Roseanne Ellison Scammahorn for receiving the Graduate Service Assistant of the Year Award from the Graduate Student Association 12th Annual Awards Banquet. Mrs. Scammahorn is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Agricultural and Extension Education.

Learn More    |    April 10, 2014

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies Advancing Social Sciences-Based Research on Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America

The purpose of the RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) Center for Targeted Studies is to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The program is especially interested in a wide array of topics and issues. Proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic populations, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/ households, are strongly encouraged. This document outlines the key information for applicants planning to submit grant proposals.

Learn More    |    March 17, 2014

RIDGE Center Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program 2014.

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies, a partnership of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), is pleased to announce a new round of funding for its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program. The program is intended to invest in graduate students attending universities in the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the research priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. This document provides guidelines and procedures for students and their supervising professor who may wish to apply for this exciting new RIDGE initiative.

Learn More    |    March 12, 2014

e-biz: Social Media Tools for Small Businesses

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Learn More    |    January 29, 2014

New Videos Showcase Civic Engagement Successes

Two videos have just been released showcasing the successes from Turning the Tide on Poverty, a citizen led process aimed at addressing poverty. The process engages a wide range of citizens over a five week period to determine the action steps that best fit the community. The Kettering Foundation, project partners on the initiative with the SRDC, developed these two videos to highlight some of the important wins that are possible when people bring their voices and hands together for a common purpose.

Watch Now    |    January 29, 2014