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Blooming Prairie Foundation Grant Supports School Greenhouses

We have exciting news for the 2016-2017 school year. Thanks to the Blooming Prairie Foundation, the Center for Rural Affairs will work one-on-one with four schools to develop and support a network of school greenhouses active in fruit and/or vegetable production.

The schools will receive expert guidance and initial start-up funds from the Center. Opportunities to network and creatively address best practices will continue through the school year.

My Best Decision

A few years back I wrote about “the best $10 I ever spent,” regarding the events that transpired to bring me to work at the Center for Rural Affairs the first time.

In 1996, I paid $10.00 to join a new Iowa organization focusing on the environmental nightmares and loss of family farm hog production that accompany concentrated, industrial livestock production. Since the Center for Rural Affairs was managing their mailing list, I started receiving the Center’s newsletter too.

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.

Janelle Moran Recognized for 10 Years of Service to Rural Nebraska

Janelle Moran recently reached the 10-year mark in working for the Center for Rural Affairs as the Southeast Nebraska REAP Loan Specialist in the REAP program. Janelle has done an outstanding job in implementing REAP services in southeast Nebraska over the past 10 years.

Highlights of Janelle's work include lending close to $2 million in REAP loans and leveraging over $3 million in loans from other sources.  Janelle's work with startup and existing small businesses in southeast Nebraska has resulted in over 500 jobs being created and/or retained.

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