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The Good Herdsman - Celebrating Ten Unapologetically Rural Years

Throughout my years I’ve recognized that a good herdsman understands that when working with and sorting livestock, it’s best to move gently, quietly and step towards the cattle, working with the animals rather against. It’s a science and a real art that requires patience and knowledge of the animal.
 
Recently while sorting cattle it dawned on me that the way a good herdsman interacts with livestock isn’t all that different from how a good leader interacts with his colleagues and peers.
 

Center Spirit Award

Memorial Day weekend kicked off a new Center for Rural Affairs tradition - a spirit award! The inaugural award went to Dena Beck, Senior Project Leader and Loan Specialist for our small business development program, REAP.

Dena had posted a photograph of her spiffy home office on facebook, adorned with the wood window frame carved with the Center's logo. (See it above.)

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.

My Best Decision

A few years back I wrote about “the best $10 I ever spent,” regarding the events that transpired to bring me to work at the Center for Rural Affairs the first time.

In 1996, I paid $10.00 to join a new Iowa organization focusing on the environmental nightmares and loss of family farm hog production that accompany concentrated, industrial livestock production. Since the Center for Rural Affairs was managing their mailing list, I started receiving the Center’s newsletter too.

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