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Nine Reasons You Make Us Rock!

I’m Emilee Pease, Executive and Development Assistant here at the Center for Rural Affairs, and newest addition to the Center team. So far, my favorite part about working at the Center is my interactions with supporters like you. Every day I look forward to working with you to help make a difference in rural America.

Stop Muddying the Water

In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that have left more than half of America’s streams and millions of wetland acres unprotected from pollution. Since then, organizations and individuals who don’t seem that concerned about clean water have leveled every possible criticism against the proposed rule – and some that seem impossible.

Bringing the Farm Back to School

Children across Nebraska are back in school, mourning the loss of summer, and probably unenthused about their school lunches. But there might be something new on the menu, thanks to a Nebraska Farm to School pilot program that more than a dozen Nebraska schools are partaking in, some students will forego the same old cafeteria fare, and enjoy fresh and locally sourced produce.

Rooted in Place, Speaking Nationally

Just this week, I heard from people in New Jersey and England. Both wrote to say the values of the Center connected with them.

The writer from New Jersey asked a question. “Your work appears to be applicable to rural communities in any state, but the discussion on your website often seems to focus on the midwest and central plains. Are the challenges faced by rural communities in other regions on your radar screen?”

The answer is yes.

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