Weekly Column

Op-Ed: Transmission project supported

Recently the Nebraska Public Power District held a series of hearings to discuss a new transmission project planned for northeast Nebraska. The 40 mile line, stretching from the Hoskins area to a new substation near Neligh, is designed to improve reliability in a part of the state hit hard by the drought.

Rural Advocate says Goodbye

I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I walked out the door of the Center for Rural Affairs on August 30.  It was my last day.

After 37 years, the Center will always be a big part of me. And I will always be indebted to all who helped make it the nation’s leading force fighting for the rural and small town way of life.

Passing the Torch

I am pleased to announce a leadership transition at the Center for Rural Affairs. Assistant Executive Director Brian Depew has been named the new Executive Director, effective Sept 1, 2013. Chuck Hassebrook, who shaped the Center for decades through his hard work and leadership, will depart to pursue new challenges.

This transition follows a thorough and rigorous process the Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors established some time ago to meet this eventuality.

Op-ED: Congress needs to back small town and rural life

Nearly nine in 10 rural Americans say the rural and small-town way of life is worth fighting for and protecting, but seven in 10 worry it is dying.

Those are the findings of a bipartisan poll of rural voters in Iowa and 25 other Southeastern, Midwestern and Great Plains states commissioned by the Center for Rural Affairs and completed by Lake Research Partners and the Tarrance Group.

The findings present a worthy challenge to Congress as it completes a new farm bill: Give the small-town and rural way of life the respect it deserves by investing in its future.

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