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Wind Energy Payments Contribute to Local Roads

In Mower County, Minn., money received from local wind farms will be devoted to roads. The county board recently voted on the decision, responding to calls from local residents for more money in the roads fund.

These payments are likely to be $330,000 to $500,000 each year for a 10-year period. The funds will be geared toward road repairs and maintenance. While these funds may not be a silver bullet, they will contribute significantly toward fixing important infrastructure in the county.

Public Power Gives Nebraskans a Voice in their Energy Future

Electricity is essential for our communities, businesses and households. Nebraska is the only public power state, giving Nebraskans the ability to elect board members that represent our interests and needs, and be leaders for Nebraska’s energy future. Ratepayers-owners have a responsibility to be engaged, and they deserve to have their voices heard by public power and state agencies that make decisions with long-term impacts.

Students eat healthy and learn with tower gardens

After providing a lesson in the kindergarten classroom, we cut the lettuce to put in the school lunch program. Two students started jumping up and down saying “Yes! We get a salad for snack today!” The teacher said, “No that lettuce is going to go toward feeding the school today at lunch. We get graham crackers for a snack.” The whole class sighed in disappointment. -Christy Hodges

Farm to School programs are emerging around the Midwest, and the Center for Rural Affairs is in the midst of the momentum.

Hilda Considera Granja a Escuela

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Antes invadido por hierbas altas y pinos, una área rodeado de milpas de maíz en las afueras de Fremont, ahora es un oasis de alimento.

Hilda Moreno y su esposo, Carlos Alvarado Vega, son granjeros principiantes Latinos. La pareja compró la granja hace dos años y por la petición de sus hijos empezaron un negocio de aves de corral de pequeña escala enfocados en la producción de huevos.

Hilda Considers Farm to School

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Once full of tall grasses and pine trees, an acreage surrounded by corn on the outskirts of Fremont, Neb., now offers a food oasis.

Hilda Moreno and her husband, Carlos Alvarado Vega, are beginning Latino farmers. The couple purchased the farm two years ago and, at the request of their sons, started a small-scale poultry business focused on egg production.

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