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Janelle Moran Recognized for 10 Years of Service to Rural Nebraska

Janelle Moran recently reached the 10-year mark in working for the Center for Rural Affairs as the Southeast Nebraska REAP Loan Specialist in the REAP program. Janelle has done an outstanding job in implementing REAP services in southeast Nebraska over the past 10 years.

Highlights of Janelle's work include lending close to $2 million in REAP loans and leveraging over $3 million in loans from other sources.  Janelle's work with startup and existing small businesses in southeast Nebraska has resulted in over 500 jobs being created and/or retained.

Map of My Kingdom Play Examines Farm Transitions

“Would my husband and I automatically move into town so the next generation can move in?” asked a farmer. “And what would be our plans for our farm if our children will run it as ‘absentee landlords’?”

Such questions and others filled a room in Columbus, Nebraska, one day in March. What are the decisions that farm and ranch families make around the next generation to own their land? Do these decisions strengthen the family, or cause friction and bad feelings? Are there examples or help to work through these decisions?

Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive and Well in Custer County

By Dena Beck, REAP Senior Project Leader

As I move into more administrative duties with the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program, I've been reminiscing about my visits to small towns of Central & SW Nebraska to help rural small businesses.

Looking back on my nine years serving small businesses in Custer County at the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, the experience was different from what I experienced in McCook

If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It

“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” That's what my father, Bill Greeley, a rancher from Imperial, Nebraska, had to say after blizzard Selene foiled his plans of swiftly transporting newly acquired cows home from the Ogallala Livestock Market.

The storm hit just as he left the sale barn, the trailer filled with pregnant cows. Bill had hoped to get the cattle home before the storm got worse. An hour and 30 minutes later, he had only made it 19 miles down the road to the small town of Grant.

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