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Recent posts by Liz Daehnke

Staff spotlight: Kayla keeps her eyes on the future

Though she’s new to the Center for Rural Affairs team, Kayla Bergman already has big plans for her role in the organization.

Kayla does her work as a policy associate based in Iowa, and she will focus on expanding the Center's work in southern Minnesota, as well, to narrate the stories and values of Center supporters and rural citizens.

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.