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Nelsons Receive Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Bling By Zing, a small custom rhinestone apparel and bling party business based in Papillion, Nebraska, earned Entrepreneur of the Year honors for its owners by the Center for Rural Affairs and REAP. Since 2011, David and Kimberly Nelson have been designing and producing high-quality custom bling designs and applying them to tshirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jeans, backpacks, headbands, dance and cheer uniforms, sports jerseys, mugs, helmets, car/store windows, and more!

Fewer Mid-Sized Farms in Operation

The Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that helps policymakers understand the agricultural landscape. Ultimately, it helps them design effective policy that responds to the challenges and opportunities identified. This is our second in a series of articles drilling down into the recently released 2012 Census of Agriculture’s preliminary report. Here we focus on mid-scale farms, as well as mid-age farms.

Medicaid Expansion Life and Death Issue

Charlene Dill was a 33 year old mother of three in Orlando, Florida. She worked three jobs to support her family. She had a treatable heart condition. Charlene also fell into the “coverage gap” – she made too much money (a whole $9,000 per year) to qualify for Medicaid in Florida, too little to qualify for a subsidy to purchase insurance on the new health insurance marketplaces, and none of her jobs provided health insurance. She was uninsured. Florida decided not to expand their Medicaid program as allowed under the Affordable Care Act to cover low-income working people like Ms. Dill.

A New Vision for Small Schools

If you live in a small town, you know the school is a centerpiece of the community. The two small schools I know best have been on my mind a lot lately.

The first is Laurens-Marathon, a consolidated school in Iowa. I graduated from there. The second is Lyons-Decatur, the consolidated school here in the Center’s home town. Both are under pressure to merge again, becoming parts of even larger districts.

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