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Community leaders receive Bob Steffen Pioneer Award

Hilda Moreno and Carlos Alvarado, of Fremont, Nebraska, provide a model for innovation, stewardship, and community development.

Because the couple has gone above and beyond to become leaders in the Latino farming community, they have been chosen as the recipients of the 2017 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. They were recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

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.

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.

Staff spotlight: Bounthy brings support back to small towns

Eating fresh foods is a crucial factor in leading a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to homegrown, unprocessed foods.

This happens to be the case on the Omaha Reservation. Bounthy Parker wants to help members of the Omaha Nation solve this problem by demonstrating how to grow vegetables and sell the foods at farmers markets.

Customer commitment drives Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurs of the Year

Connie Kirkpatrick, co-owner of RCK Creations & More, in Alda, Nebraska, is always looking for new ideas that will appeal to current and prospective customers.

Her commitment to customers and her drive to grow the business has led the Center for Rural Affairs to name Connie and her husband, Roger, as the 2017 Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurs of the Year. They were recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

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