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A millennial’s growing understanding of diplomacy: my internship experience at the Center for Rural Affairs

Growing up on an acreage in rural Nebraska played a vital role in how I understand relationships.

At 4 years old, I was oblivious to “city kids” having the luxury of a friend living only a house or two down the street. I was willing to settle for friends a mile and a half down the gravel road, which by rural standards is next door.

Maturing in this fairly isolated area led me to engage in conversation with anyone I could find. This didn’t give me an option to only spend time with like-minded people.

Students and educators benefit from growing food

In the last 20 years, small schools facing budget cuts often removed elective classes. This left skills like cooking and growing fruits and vegetables unlearned.

Center for Rural Affairs’ Greenhouse to Cafeteria program has been a solution for schools that have faced those decisions in the past. Not only does it fill a hole left in the curriculum, it also means healthier foods are served at lunch.

REAP Women's Business Center: Eight trainings recently completed, more planned

Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center continues to partner with local organizations to offer “Online Marketing Strategies.”

In June, training sessions were held in O’Neill, Valentine, Ainsworth, and Alma.

We also offered a “Facebook for Business” session in Sidney.

One key to business success is accurate and timely recordkeeping. QuickBooks trainings were held in O’Neill and Hartington this spring.

A “Business Plan Basics” course was offered in Walthill in cooperation with the City of Walthill.

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