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Vibrant Small Towns and Rural Communities Embrace Art and Self-Expression

Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places, not just here in America, but across the globe, you will find art and cultural expression in what some might call the most unlikely of places.

“Artists have contributed to shaping and influencing experiences in public spaces as long as there have been civilizations,” says visiting artist Matthew Mazotta. “They have created work that ranges from revealing the beauty of the world to reflecting back society’s shortcomings.”

Workshops Teach Beginning Latino Farmers How to Get Started

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own farm or ranch business?  Starting January 17, a 12-session series, delivered in Spanish, will be available for beginning Latino farmers - to teach you all about learning how to start your own farm or ranch.

In this series, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs, you can meet other beginning and experienced farmers, go on farm tours, learn business basics, financial literacy, and production tips from experts! 

These workshops will take place on Saturdays in Crete, NE. Scholarships are available for participants!

Farm Transitions: Maintaining Ownership and Providing Retirement Income

A common quandary for heirs of senior landowners is how they can maintain ownership and operation of the farm while providing retirement income for their parents. Often the farm assets represent all of the retirement savings. Not only may there be an extended period of retirement without earned income, but eventual nursing home expenses may be great enough to consume the value of the estate.

This can be a complicated situation to plan, with taxes, Medicaid rules, and differing goals of each family member. But it does take planning to make the best outcomes possible.

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