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Survey Results Shape Future

A heartfelt Thank You to the 602 people from Nebraska who completed the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment survey, which was offered both in English and Spanish. We have begun the fascinating work of putting together the responses. They range from aspiring businesses to those within 10 years of transitioning as well as the folks that serve these businesses...Bankers, Economic Developers, Chambers of Commerce.

Your information will help REAP and other business resource providers better serve Nebraska’s Businesses.

Lock in Your Legacy

Through years of deliberate donations in support of the Center for Rural Affairs, many of you have built your legacy by associating your name with creating a bright and vibrant future for rural America. 

In the last year, Congress has passed two laws to make it easier than ever for you to lock in your legacy. Doing so will ensure your contributions continue to make a difference for our children, our children’s children, and beyond. 

Time to Say Farewell

Good times, bad times, happy times, sad times ... and now, time to say farewell! Today (May 20) marks my last day in the Center for Rural Affairs office as the Senior Policy Associate.

I had the pleasure of working with the Center for Rural Affairs for the past 15 years. I started as an intern, fresh out of college as a non-traditional student.

Congratulations Graduates and Others!

Honoring our spring tradition of recognizing the graduates among us, we offer our best wishes to the following:
 
Blair Preston, daughter of REAP Administrative Assistant Kim Preston, is graduating from Lyons Decatur Northeast High School. Blair plans to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings, S. D. She will major in nutrition and dietetics.

Blooming Prairie Foundation Grant Supports School Greenhouses

We have exciting news for the 2016-2017 school year. Thanks to the Blooming Prairie Foundation, the Center for Rural Affairs will work one-on-one with four schools to develop and support a network of school greenhouses active in fruit and/or vegetable production.

The schools will receive expert guidance and initial start-up funds from the Center. Opportunities to network and creatively address best practices will continue through the school year.

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