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Remembering a Dear Friend and Colleague

I have to share some tragic and very sad news with you. A dear member of the Center for Rural Affairs staff, and a friend and acquaintance to many of you, Hank Rohling, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on October 24. 

I know many of you - Center donors across the country - had the opportunity to visit with Hank, our major gifts development officer, over the past two years. 

Nebraska Deserves a Raise

At Nebraska’s current minimum wage, $7.25, which is also the federal minimum wage, a minimum wage worker putting in a full 40 hours per week for 52 weeks would earn $14,500 annually - an amount below the federal poverty line for families of two or more.
 

Top Four Things You Do for the Center

Here at the Center for Rural Affairs, we talk to you a lot about what we do. And, with your help, we do some pretty great things. But it’s time to change the subject. Let’s talk instead about the great things you do.

As Center supporters, you are the driving force behind all of our work. Because of this you play some very important roles. Without further ado, here is a list of the top four, in order of importance.

From Coal to Clean Energy

Hallam, Nebraska, received some good news this week. Volkswind USA Inc., an international wind developer, applied for permits to build 54 wind turbines in Lancaster and Gage counties.  According to a recent Lincoln Journal Star article, Volkswind says the wind farm would provide more than 200 jobs during construction, additional full-time operating jobs and about $700,000 in total property tax benefits annually to both counties. Volkswind is submitting proposals to Lincoln Electric System (LES), which is looking to add up to 100 megawatts of wind energy to their portfolio.

Celebrate Farms and Schools in Nebraska

In October, America celebrates the harvest, and specifically initiatives to put healthy, locally grown food on our childrens’ plates at school. And it all starts with America’s farmers and ranchers.
 
Many of us who raise our own food, whether in a pot or a small garden, do so as a hobby. If there’s too much heat, not enough rain or too many pests, we are disappointed and frustrated but the love of growing fresh, nutritious foods pulls us through tough times.
 

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