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Moving Rural America Forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still -- and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Helping to Overcome Barriers to Latino Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Despite the booming increase of Hispanics and Latinos in Nebraska, a strange phenomenon occurred between 2002 and 2007. A significant number of farmers and ranchers with Hispanic and Latino origins fled the agricultural sector.

We asked ourselves: Why has Nebraska been unable to integrate this new generation of Hispanics and Latinos into the agricultural sector as stakeholders? After all, they had been migrating to and settling in the state since the 1980’s.

Compassion and Care Reflect the Best Human Values

I was four when mom fell and cut her leg while gardening. After that, she had trouble walking. What I didn’t understand at the time was that rheumatoid arthritis had been slowly creeping into her joints for years. She was on her way to becoming bedridden.

Thus I began learning my way around the kitchen at age five. When I started school a year later, it was my responsibility to walk the two blocks home during lunch period and prepare a meal for mom.

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