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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.
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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...
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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...
  • Environment
Networking and connecting with other farmers not only gave Kelsey support, it led her to discover conservation practices and the potential benefits of implementing them on her plot of land.
  • Farm and Food
In recent months, encouraging changes have been made to two crop insurance programs, Whole Farm Revenue Protection and Micro Farm. The improvements will increase accessibility to risk management for thousands of producers nationwide.
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Corn is key to connecting Oneida Nation families to their ancestors. Fifteen families have come together to form the Ohe∙láku Cooperative, in Wisconsin, in an effort and desire to become more self-sufficient. As they’ve grown their cooperative, the members have learned a lot.
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Given this year’s spike in corn and soybean prices, commodity crop producers may be tempted to break ground on land not previously used for cash crop production. Before doing so, however, producers need to make sure they are following conservation compliance regulations to ensure important federal benefits are not at risk.
  • Environment
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Last night, I made lamb burgers, seasoned with garlic and topped with tomatoes from my garden. In my basement, across from canned peaches, I have a freezer filled with a whole lamb and part of a grass...
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En el mes de la Mujer Empresaria, honramos los logros históricos de las empresas propiedad de las mujeres en la actualidad y ofrecemos servicios y recursos para seguir logrando sus metas.
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During Women's Business Month, we honor the milestones women-owned businesses have accomplished throughout the years. We continue to assist women through resources and training.
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Drive around Iowa these days, and you're likely to see more evidence of solar power. Policy analysts say it gives the state's clean energy portfolio more strength. But along with the benefits comes a need for long-term planning.
  • Environment
Discussion and debate has always been a part of rural America. From coffee shops to the local co-op, rural residents aren’t afraid to show their loyalty for one candidate or another, share their...
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Habiendo llamado hogar a las áreas rurales durante la mayor parte de su vida, Leonor ha descubierto que las relaciones y conexiones que ha construido han sido fundamentales en su crecimiento personal y profesional.
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Having called rural areas home for most of her life, Leonor has found that the relationships and connections she’s built have been instrumental in her personal and professional growth.
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This winter, military veterans will have an opportunity to translate hard-won skills on the battlefield into Nebraska's fields and pastures through "Putting the Pieces Together," a U.S. Department of Agriculture-backed program.
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Ask any beginning farmer or rancher about the greatest challenge to starting an operation, and the most common answer is access to land and operational assets. A program aimed at helping new producers...
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