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Rural Rockstars: Micro Brewery Owners Receive Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Three young entrepreneurs from McCook, Nebraska, were recognized as the Center for Rural Affairs Entrepreneurs of the Year. Tyler Ray Loop, Tyler Sue Loop, and Adam Siegfried own and operate Loop Brewing Company in McCook.

This thriving business exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that defines and is so crucial to the future prosperity of our nation’s rural communities. The brewpub serves specialty craft beer, brick oven pizza, and much more.

Hemingford: Better Food, Same Cost

Earlier we reported on the Hemingford, Nebraska, public schools transition from a “warm and serve” kitchen to a “made from scratch” operation. The spark for the move came when school nurse Judy Stewart was teaching the nutrition section of her health class.

The change has been a big hit at the school. It may surprise you to learn that Judy’s pretty sure it will have a positive return on the balance sheet as well.

Rural Rockstar: Dan Hromas, Veteran Beginning Farmer, Receives Sustainable Agriculture Award

Dan Hromas of York, Nebraska, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2014 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. It honors his integrity, leadership, and extraordinary efforts in sustainable agriculture.

This beginning farmer exemplifies service to his community of veterans and neighbors. He returned from duty after 20 years of service in the military, and decided he wanted to farm and work for himself. But he couldn’t afford land or cows, so he started with chickens.

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