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There is never a dull moment in Guadalupe Aracely Vazquez’s life. From raising her children to planning parties of every kind, the decorator does it all.
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Communities across Nebraska are banding together in response to the COVID-19 health emergency, and volunteers have become critical for distributing vaccines.
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Welcome again to your update on the Nebraska Legislature. The past two weeks have seen the advancement of a number of bills supported by the Center, as well as debate and advancement of the state budget.
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We are nearing the end of the 2021 legislative session as lawmakers concluded their 14th week last Friday. We have been continually grateful for the support that countless rural Iowans have demonstrated for the priorities we are pursuing this year.
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Melissa Florell became aware of the Center growing up near the Center’s home office in Lyons, Nebraska. Though she now lives outside Kearney, Nebraska, with her family, Melissa’s connection with the Center spans most of her career.
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Last Friday, the Biden administration released a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. While full details have yet to be released, the Center is encouraged to see priorities focused on rural America, such as conservation in agriculture, broadband, and clean energy in rural communities, included.
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Legislative Bill (LB) 108, a bill to fix a flaw known as the “cliff effect” in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) received first round approval in the Nebraska Legislature on April...
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Rural America has always been a part of Maureen Timblin’s life. She grew up on a farm in western Iowa, where her five brothers helped their dad with the family’s crops and livestock, and Maureen helped her mom around their home.
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Yolanda Peck, ella misma una inmigrante, ha pasado su vida y su carrera aprendiendo y creciendo en este país, y ahora presta sus conocimientos a quienes recién comienzan su vida aquí, con la esperanza de hacer de su nuevo hogar un hogar acogedor.
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Yolanda Peck, an immigrant herself, has spent her life and career learning and growing in this country, and now lends her knowledge to those just starting their life here, in hopes of making their new home a welcoming one.
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The supply chain for meat processing still is dealing with issues caused by the pandemic, and smaller operations have been picking up the slack. A proposal in the Iowa Legislature would create a grant program to help with the surge in demand.
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William, ahora propietario de Sabrina Salon, LLC, pudo asumir este nuevo rol con la ayuda financiera del Center For Rural Affairs. A través de esa financiación, realizó los cambios necesarios para abrir su negocio y comenzar el trabajo de sus sueños.
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Now the owner of Sabrina Salon, LLC, William was able to take on this new role with financial assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs. Through that funding, he made the changes necessary to open his business and start his dream job.
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On April 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reopened part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for applications.
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El 5 de abril, el Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. (USDA) reabrió parte del Programa de Asistencia Alimentaria por Coronavirus (CFAP) para solicitudes.
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Over the past eight years, Iowa has invested millions of public dollars toward the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy which aims to reduce nutrient loss in the state’s waterways by 45 percent by 2035
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Many of us have changed the way we purchase and prepare our food over the past 12 months. Families now spend more time cooking at home. We are learning that local meat provides a better and more affordable alternative to the big box store.
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When Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth ran for the Nebraska Legislature in 2018, improving broadband service in rural areas was one of the issues at the top of his priority list. But, his first attempt at...
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The Watchful Citizen “The salvation of the state is in the watchfulness of the citizen.” —Hartley Burr Alexander The past two weeks have seen continued floor debate on bills, agency confirmations, and...
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Last week marked the 12th week of the 2021 Iowa legislative session. On Friday, the second funnel deadline came and went. This deadline means that bills from one chamber must have made it out of the committee of another to remain alive.
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