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Recent posts by Liz Daehnke

Generation to generation—conservation keeps family farm alive

At 93 years old, Joan Buhrmann’s top priority is still her family farm.

A witness to many changes on the farm throughout the years, Joan knows there will be even more alterations in the future. One thing she would like to see continue on the farm is the use of conservation practices.

Staff spotlight: Knowledge of small business success is Nancy’s niche

Nancy Flock has been helping people in rural areas make their dreams come true for more than a decade.

Through her role as a loan specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs, she assists entrepreneurs with obtaining financing for their small businesses, but she does more than help people get loans. Nancy also works with them on creating their business plans and financial projections, and guides them through the entire business startup process.

Learning circles lend knowledge to the next generation of landowners

Marilee Polacek and her daughter, Katie, didn’t plan on getting into agriculture, but now that they are, they want to treat their land right.

Their farm, located outside Bruno, Nebraska, on Skull Creek, has been in the Polacek family for 120 years. Since Marilee’s husband, Louie, passed away 14 years ago, Marilee and her three children have mostly rented out the land for farming.

Passion for infection prevention leads to new business

After working 17 years in a hospital environment, Nancy Haberstitch wanted to transition from controlling infections in health care to helping people avoid hospitalization for infection.

So, she started, Nanobugs, Inc., an educational microbiology and infection prevention program, based out of Lincoln, Nebraska.

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