Milo Alexander Named REAP Friend of the Year

Milo Alexander retired in July of 2013 from Creighton School of Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic. At Creighton, he directed the school’s program to assist micro businesses and nonprofits in rural areas across Nebraska and western Iowa.

He also taught and supervised up to eight senior-certified law students each semester. Each year, he conducted community education workshops providing small business education regarding the differences between legal entities, the use of contract labor, etc.

Rural Voices for Climate Change

On March 30, the Center for Rural Affairs co-hosted an agriculture and climate discussion panel with Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Bethesda Lutheran Church, and Citizens Climate Lobby. This event featured perspectives from faith, agricultural, and scientific communities. It offered a space for frank conversation about the impacts of a changing climate, and our responsibility to be good stewards.

New Grassfed Beef Option for Small Farms

In April, small grass-fed beef producers received some great news. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced the creation of a new certification option for smaller, grass-fed beef producers. The Grass-Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers arose out of the Grass-Fed Marketing Claim Standard within USDA’s Process Verified Program.

Happening Around the Center: Graduations and Welcomes

It's a spring tradition of ours to recognize graduations of staff and family members. With great fanfare, it's our pleasure to announce this year's honorees!

Auston Darnell, son of Tris and Brook Darnell, will graduate from Bancroft Rosalie High School on May 16, 2014. Auston will be heading to college in the fall. He’ll focus on business, football, and golf (hopefully in that order!).