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You are the force that makes our values come alive

As we close out the year, I wanted to share some reflections on our work.

1. Center staff, board and grassroots supporters are fantastic people - As I crisscross the state and the country visiting with Center folks, I’ve come to see how deeply you care about your community. You are passionate about everyone having opportunity no matter where they live or who they are. And many of you dig deep each year to make a gift that supports our cause. You are fantastic.

Top 5 of 2016: 100 Years of Anti-Corporate Farming Laws

It's official! The first day of 2017 is here. What better way to kick it off than with a look at our most viewed post in 2016, authored by Brian Depew, our Executive Director. This piece is a throwback to a popular post Brian and past Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook wrote (so it's a throwback of a throwback). It takes a look at the importance of anti-corporate farming laws -- an issue that's an essential part of the Center’s history.

Top 5 of 2016: Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month

At an early age, Executive Director Brian Depew learned to care about his community and the world around him. In our second highest viewed post of 2016, Brian shares what we can do to keep our rural hospitals open and serving local residents

Rural Hospitals Closing at Rate of 1 Per Month

Rural hospitals have been closing at a rate of nearly 1 per month since 2010. The Southeast has been especially hard hit, as the map below shows.

Top 5 of 2016: Because of people like Aida, the American dream is still alive

Today we share number three in our top five posts countdown, the story of one dynamic lady. Jordan Feyerherm and our Farm and Community team have been working with community leaders like Aida throughout Nebraska. In Hastings, Aida helped link our staff to the right people (since she knows everyone!) and has supported us along the way. Hastings is definitely a better place with Aida.

Top 5 of 2016: Part 2 - Immigrants and Latinos Bring Economic Growth to Rural Communities

The year in review countdown continues with a piece by Brian Hanson, senior policy associate. Since joining us in June, Brian has taken a hard look at trends in rural America. One of his first projects was taking a look at economic and population growth brought into rural counties by Latinos and immigrants, with the second portion coming in at number four.

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