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Nebraska Deserves a Raise

At Nebraska’s current minimum wage, $7.25, which is also the federal minimum wage, a minimum wage worker putting in a full 40 hours per week for 52 weeks would earn $14,500 annually - an amount below the federal poverty line for families of two or more.
 

Top Four Things You Do for the Center

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Here at the Center for Rural Affairs, we talk to you a lot about what we do. And, with your help, we do some pretty great things. But it’s time to change the subject. Let’s talk instead about the great things you do.

From Coal to Clean Energy

Hallam, Nebraska, received some good news this week. Volkswind USA Inc., an international wind developer, applied for permits to build 54 wind turbines in Lancaster and Gage counties.  According to a recent Lincoln Journal Star article, Volkswind says the wind farm would provide more than 200 jobs during construction, additional full-time operating jobs and about $700,000 in total property tax benefits annually to both counties. Volkswind is submitting proposals to Lincoln Electric System (LES), which is looking to add up to 100 megawatts of wind energy to their portfolio.

Celebrate Farms and Schools in Nebraska

In October, America celebrates the harvest, and specifically initiatives to put healthy, locally grown food on our childrens’ plates at school. And it all starts with America’s farmers and ranchers.
 
Many of us who raise our own food, whether in a pot or a small garden, do so as a hobby. If there’s too much heat, not enough rain or too many pests, we are disappointed and frustrated but the love of growing fresh, nutritious foods pulls us through tough times.
 

Nine Reasons You Make Us Rock!

I’m Emilee Pease, Executive and Development Assistant here at the Center for Rural Affairs, and newest addition to the Center team. So far, my favorite part about working at the Center is my interactions with supporters like you. Every day I look forward to working with you to help make a difference in rural America.

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