A leading force engaging people and ideas in building a better future for rural America.
Growing up on a small ranch outside of Winside, Nebraska, I have lived and breathed rural my whole life. I now live in Wayne, a community I'm proud to call home.
I still help out with my family’s horse-run, grass-fed beef operation, Lightning Creek Cattle Co., when I’m not editing and writing for the Center for Rural Affairs.
I graduated from Wayne State College with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/broadcasting and a master’s degree in English education/editing and publishing. I loved the town of Wayne so much that I decided to stay here for good.
Working for the Center has given me the opportunity to combine two of my passions - editing/writing and seeing rural America grow and thrive. If I could somehow add my pets into this equation (three cats and three dogs), I’d really have it made.
When picturing the states in the middle of America, one might conjure up images of rolling, green prairie; vast, tidy rows of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa; or cattle grazing in pastures, standing near creeks, under the shade of cottonwood trees.
Yomara Hernández ha tenido una historia de amor de toda la vida con todo lo floral.
Desde temprana edad, ayudó a su madre a hacer flores de tela para ramos de novia y decoraciones para bodas con flores naturales y artificiales. Su madre solía venderlos como juegos completos, y ahora Yomara también se dedica a los arreglos florales.
Yomara Hernandez has had a lifelong love affair with all things floral.
From an early age, she helped her mother make fabric flowers for bridal bouquets, and decorations for weddings with natural and artificial flowers. Her mother used to sell them as complete sets, and now Yomara makes her living selling flowers, too.
America’s agricultural history spans generations. Some of the family farms still in operation today have been feeding our neighbors for more than 100 years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Katie Jantzen not only believes in preserving that history, she’s living proof of how successful maintaining family farms can be.