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Fewer Shadows on the Land

This excellent piece was written by Don Ralston, Center for Rural Affairs co-founder, in January 1974. It's a Throwback Thursday ( #tbt ) from the Center's archives.

What value should be placed on the shadow the farmer casts on his land? We all know there are fewer shadows these days as Nebraskans leave the rural areas, taking part in the largest migration of people the world has witnessed.

NPPD Can Do More to Help Lower Energy Consumption and Electricity Bills

Affordable and reliable energy is critical for rural and small towns. Luckily, here in Nebraska we have the opportunity to meet our energy needs while at the same time creating more vibrant communities. Small businesses, manufacturing operations, households, schools, libraries, family farms, and grocery stores in small-town communities are missing a prime opportunity to save more money, simply by consuming less energy. 

Creating Jobs and Self Sufficiency Through Self-Employment

The concept of microenterprise and microfinance has the power to empower people and transform their lives. The concept was pioneered in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank (Bank of the Poor), in Bangladesh. The bank was established for the purpose of making small loans to the poor − predominantly women – to help them obtain economic self-sufficiency.

South Dakota Stays in the Wind Energy Game

Earlier this month, Governor Daugaard signed into law a bill that will keep South Dakota competitive in the wind energy industry.

South Dakota is 5th in the U.S. for wind energy potential, enough that wind could meet the state’s energy needs 300 times over. All of that potential has put South Dakota in position to be a wind energy leader.

Hemingford: Made from Scratch

It started in Judy Stewart’s junior high health class. While discussing nutrition, Judy, Hemingford’s school nurse, heard lots of comments from students about wanting better, fresher food in the cafeteria. Judy is not the first educator to hear students complain about cafeteria food, but she recognized a valuable teaching moment and seized it.

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