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Recent posts by Center for Rural Affairs

Dear Mr. President: keep rural America a priority

Dear Mr. President: 

As organizations representing rural America, we look forward to working with your Administration in the coming years to help ensure that all Americans face a brighter future. We also look forward to having Governor Perdue at the helm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), working on behalf of rural America. 

As you witnessed first-hand during the campaign, the issues facing rural America are no less significant than those facing urban parts of the country, but can more easily be overlooked because America’s small towns and rural areas make up just 15 percent of the nation’s population. 

First National Bank invests $500,000 in lending

First National Bank recently provided a $500,000 equity-equivalent investment to the Center for Rural Affairs. The investment will support micro and small business lending activities throughout rural communities in Nebraska via the Center’s lending arm, the Rural Investment Corporation.

Congratulations Graduates and Others!

Honoring our spring tradition of recognizing the graduates among us, we offer our best wishes to the following:
 
Blair Preston, daughter of REAP Administrative Assistant Kim Preston, is graduating from Lyons Decatur Northeast High School. Blair plans to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings, S. D. She will major in nutrition and dietetics.

From Coal to Clean in Hallam, Nebraska

Sheldon Station is an aging coal-fired power plant constructed in 1958 near Hallam, Nebr. Sheldon Station is the biggest polluter in Lancaster County and changing environmental regulations make continuing operations at Sheldon Station uneconomical. Sheldon Station's 80 dedicated employees deserve a transition plan for job creation and economic growth after the plant is retired.

Sandhill & Sun Ranch: Conservation Profile

The Sandhill & Sun Ranch is located on just over 2600 acres in northwestern Brown County, Nebraska. Al and Lois Steuter, along with their four kids, developed a family cattle business where simplicity is a defining characteristic and where land management is an investment in the future, informed by the past.

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