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Wind energy champion receives Citizenship Award

Experience in community economic development and agriculture has helped Ross Knott draw out the benefits of wind energy. In the process, he has helped transform one small town’s story into that of a strong voice in support of rural development.

This commitment to community has led the Center for Rural Affairs to choose Ross, a native and longtime resident of Petersburg, Nebraska, to receive the 2017 Citizenship Award. He was recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Avanzando hacia una comunidad más inclusiva

Las comunidades necesitan ser inclusivas ya que todos formamos parte de este mundo. Un poco más de comprensión y voluntad basta para crear comunidades más inclusivas y diversas. El mes pasado en Norfolk, Nebraska, se consiguió avanzar un poco más hacia este objetivo de crear una comunidad más unida.

Farmers face risk when adopting new practices to improve water quality

Water quality is a contentious issue across the country. For example, in Iowa, continued high nitrogen, phosphorous, bacteria, and sediment levels in surface waters threaten public health and outdoor recreation. 

In 2012, the state released a strategy to reduce nutrient and sediment loading in surface waters. However, the best plan forward remains uncertain. This lack of clarity leaves farmers feeling frustrated.

Staff spotlight: Terri’s roots brought her back to rural America

A desire for fresh air and quiet country life led Terri Mentink and her husband, Brian, to leave Lincoln, Nebraska, 20 years ago. Since then, they’ve enjoyed raising their daughters on an acreage outside Lyons.

Though she didn’t mind city living, Terri, a self-proclaimed farm girl at heart, says two decades away from rural America was more than enough for her.

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