Last year, our small business lending program led the nation in making small business loans. Of 150 microenterprise lenders working with the Small Business Administration nationwide, we made the 9th most loans of any program.
Everyone is talking about the weather this spring. My apple trees were in full bloom before the end of March when temperatures hit 90 degrees. Two weeks later, the forecast low was for 27 degrees. If it dips to 25 degrees, I can expect 90 percent fruit loss.
You know how important your doctor is. No one should live in a county without one. To help, the Affordable Care Act invests in new and expanded efforts to train doctors, nurses, and physician assistants to practice in rural communities like yours.
The price of farmland continues its phenomenal rise. Nebraska's average price per acre is $1,833, with an all-time high of $2,410/acre. Iowa's farmland value increased by 32.5% last year. Prices topped at $16,000 to $20,000 per acre.