Center for Rural Affairs gives nine awards

Small Towns

Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has honored individuals with nine awards, including recognition for policy advocacy, food work, and small business.

The awards are:

  • Seventh Generation Award: Paul Olson, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Citizenship Award: Mark and Connie Tjemeland, McCallsburg, Iowa
  • Bob Steffen Pioneer Award: Hank Miller, Bloomfield, Nebraska
  • Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Entrepreneur Award: Mary Rosa and Eduardo Morales, Columbus, Nebraska
  • REAP Friend Award: Patty Plugge​, Tekamah, Nebraska
  • REAP Extra Mile Award: Tina Biteghe Bi Ndong​, West Point, Nebraska
  • Women Business Center Entrepreneur Award: Megan Gewecke, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Latino Business Center Entrepreneur Award: Yomara Hernandez, Schuyler, Nebraska
  • Latino Business Center Partner Award: Jeanne Schieffer and Sandie Fischer, Columbus, Nebraska

Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.