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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.

If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It

“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” That's what my father, Bill Greeley, a rancher from Imperial, Nebraska, had to say after blizzard Selene foiled his plans of swiftly transporting newly acquired cows home from the Ogallala Livestock Market.

The storm hit just as he left the sale barn, the trailer filled with pregnant cows. Bill had hoped to get the cattle home before the storm got worse. An hour and 30 minutes later, he had only made it 19 miles down the road to the small town of Grant.

Rural Rockstars: Greg and Kristy Parr Receive Prestigious Award

Greg and Kristy Parr of Norfolk, Nebraska, have been chosen as our Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipients. They were honored for their efforts to establish and grow their business Custom Sports, as well as their integrity and leadership.

The Entrepreneur Award is presented annually to those who best exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit that defines and is so crucial to the future prosperity of Nebraska’s rural communities.

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