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During tax season, some people find themselves overwhelmed about knowing which forms to use or how to calculate things correctly, but María Dávila is always ready to help.
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
Durante la temporada de impuestos, algunas personas se sienten abrumadas por saber qué formularios usar o cómo calcular los números correctamente, pero María Dávila siempre esta lista para ayudar.
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The number of Americans using telehealth services surged during the COVID-19 pandemic.National Medicare telehealth visits, for example, increased from 840,000 in 2019 to almost 53 million in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately, Nebraska experienced a lower level of growth.
  • Rural Health
  • Small Towns
The Center for Rural Affairs is launching collaborative work spaces on Nebraska Indian Community College campuses in Macy and Santee for making, learning, exploring and sharing. The "Makerspaces" will include traditional, low-tech tools, and also significant investments in cutting-edge technologies.
  • Small Business
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Para ver la versión en español, oprima aquí. This holiday season, pitching in to support a small business may be easier than you think. Many small towns are proud to feature a vibrant main street, and...
  • Small Business
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En esta temporada navideña, colaborar para apoyar a un pequeño negocio puede ser más fácil de lo que se piensa. Aquí están algunos consejos en como brindar su apoyo.
  • Small Business
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Hay una frescura innegable en el aire. Y para algunos de nosotros, puede haber algo crujiente en el horno mientras nos preparamos para reunirnos con nuestros seres queridos y dar gracias alrededor de una mesa compartida. Esta época del año está llena de reflexión sobre los meses pasados y anticipación de lo que está por venir.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
  • Small Towns
There’s an undeniable crisp in the air. And for some of us, there may be a crisp in the oven as we prepare to gather with loved ones and give thanks around a shared table. This time of year is ripe with reflection of months past and anticipation of what’s ahead.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
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Rural advocacy groups in Iowa have released their priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill, which is already being discussed in Washington, D.C. The Center for Rural Affairs has spent months gathering input from Iowa farmers, which the group wants lawmakers to consider.
  • Environment
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
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Kelly has worked as a gardener and garden educator from west coast to the east coast and her passion for conservation continues.
  • Farm and Food
Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. As they contemplate what’s next on their career path, the answer may lie in a rural community. Returning veterans are a perfect fit for the next generation of rural small business owners, farmers or ranchers. Some, however, face challenges, including difficulty accessing capital and acquiring training.
  • Farm and Food
  • Small Business
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For the English version, click here. Navegar por el camino para convertirse en agricultor es un desafío. Esto es cierto para cualquier principiante, sin embargo, comenzar un negocio agrícola exitoso...
  • Farm and Food
Navigating the path to becoming a farmer is challenging. This is true for any beginner, however, starting a successful agricultural business is especially difficult for historically underserved producers, who often face additional barriers to resources.
  • Farm and Food
Justin Carter contributed to this story. The American Southwest has been home to the Zuni people for more than a thousand years. The culture is deeply rooted in tradition, and Zuni art has become a...
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Cada vez más mujeres abren camino en sus comunidades al asumir roles de liderazgo. Kat López, de Columbus, Nebraska, asume roles de liderazgo en su ciudad natal.
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More and more women are paving the way forward in their communities by taking on leadership roles. Kat Lopez, of Columbus, Nebraska, takes on leadership roles in her hometown.
  • Small Towns
For her work to advance water quality and conservation goals, Kayla Bergman has received the New Voices in Water Quality in Iowa award. The Center for Rural Affairs Policy Manager was 1 of 15 Iowans...
  • Environment
Aunque no estaban seguras en qué se convertiría, estas dos buenas amigas soñaban con hacer algo único juntas—algo en lo que pudieran invertir su creatividad, ese deseo se hizo realidad cuando Heather y Rachael abrieron River Mill Coffee Co., en Neligh, Nebraska.
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Two good friends dreamed of doing something unique together—something they could pour their creativity into, that desire became reality when Heather and Rachael opened River Mill Coffee Co., in Neligh, Nebraska.
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On Oct. 21, the Lincoln Electric System (LES) Administrative Board approved its new Integrated Resources Plan (IRP). An IRP is a blueprint used by utilities to plan out energy generation. It is an...
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