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Transmission lines are the backbone of our nation’s power system, allowing electricity to flow from generation sources to consumers. As states like Minnesota transition toward a clean energy future, there is a need for modernizing and upgrading electric transmission systems.
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The Johnson Brothers Mill was built in 1945, and, at the time, was one of the most modern feed manufacturing buildings in southwest Iowa. The business continued to thrive until the 1990s, when changes occurred in the feed industry, and the mill closed. Margaret was able to get funding to restore the building.
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John Wallace siempre ha tenido preferencia por los pequeños rumiantes (ovejas y cabras). El fue criado en torno a la agricultura y, aunque se alejó durante algunos años mientras estaba en el ejército, la agricultura siempre ha sido su plan a largo plazo.
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John Wallace has always had a preference for small ruminants (sheep and goats). He was reared around agriculture, and, although he stepped away for a few years while he was in the military, farming has been his long-term plan.
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Andi McClintic has spent most of her life rooting for rural Nebraska and focusing her career on helping rural communities and businesses thrive. She works closely with all of the Center’s lenders, assisting them as they deal with small businesses and mortgage clients.
  • Lending
As planting season winds down, farmers impacted by adverse weather events this spring may find themselves concerned about future crop yields. According to the National Weather Service, May 2024 had...
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For the past few summers, residents of Fremont, Nebraska, have had the good fortune to be able to sample authentic coastal flavors from Guerrero, Mexico, without leaving town.
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Durante los últimos veranos, los residentes de Fremont, Nebraska, han tenido la suerte de poder probar sabores auténticos costeros de Guerrero, México, sin tener que salir de la ciudad.
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After the House and Senate worked a long weekend to pass bills before a midnight deadline, Minnesota’s 2024 legislative session adjourned on May 20. The session brought progress to Minnesota’s clean energy transition.
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After months of anticipation, the U.S. House and Senate agriculture committees have taken initial steps in the long process of passing a new farm bill. The committees have been working on their...
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Text messages, social media posts, and emails may be the primary forms of communication in today’s technology-driven world, but it was a simple postcard delivered to Will Corman’s mailbox in Superior...
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Aceptar la diversidad y fomentar la inclusión puede impulsar la prosperidad económica, el enriquecimiento cultural y la resiliencia comunitaria. El liderazgo intercultural no es sólo una habilidad: es una mentalidad y un compromiso para construir un futuro más brillante e inclusivo para nuestras comunidades rurales.
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Embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity can drive economic prosperity, cultural enrichment, and community resilience. Intercultural leadership isn't just a skill—it's a mindset and commitment to building a brighter, more inclusive future for our rural communities.
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Nestled within UMÓⁿHOⁿ Nation lies Walthill, a small village with a big story of community resilience and progress. In 2017, Walthill opened its new public library, marking the culmination of years of hard work, determination, and collaboration.
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Rachael Barlow y Heather Veik brindan un ambiente acogedor y cómodo para que todas las personas de diferentes edades se reunieran, trabajaran y crearán en su cafetería, River Mill Coffee Co., en Neligh, Nebraska. Por su dedicación de expandir su negocio y retribuir a su comunidad, Rachael y Heather fueron elegidas para recibir el Premio Emprendedor 2023 del Center for Rural Affairs.
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Rachael Barlow and Heather Veik provide a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for all ages to meet, work, and create at their coffee shop, River Mill Coffee Co., in Neligh, Nebraska. Because of their dedication to growing their business and giving back to their community, they were chosen to receive the Center for Rural Affairs 2023 Entrepreneur Award.
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Ya sea que sea un emprendedor individual o que tenga un pequeño equipo detrás de usted, ser propietario de una pequeña empresa puede ser difícil de manejar. Por suerte, no tiene que hacerlo solo. El Centro de Mujeres Empresarias del Center for Rural Affairs está listo para educar, asistir y apoyar en su camino hacia el éxito de su pequeña empresa.
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Whether you’re a solopreneur or you’ve got a small team behind you, small business ownership can be difficult to navigate. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. The Women’s Business Center at the Center for Rural Affairs is ready to educate, assist, and support you on your road to small business success.
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Bobbi Howard grew up visiting grandparents, aunts, and uncles who all settled in small towns and spent her childhood in a rural area. With such a rich rural history, it seems fitting that Bobbi now dedicates her time to advocating for small communities as Farm & Community director for the Center.
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Local foods are essential for promoting health, supporting local economies, and fostering community engagement. As a community member, you have the power to support local foods and work together with others to make them more available. Your efforts support local farmers and provide access to fresh, nutritious foods.
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