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Recent posts by Rhea Landholm

Rural Electrification 2.0: The Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

Rural America faces a conundrum in the expanding development in renewable energy. Many rural areas in the country are providing the infrastructure for a clean energy future through transmission lines, wind turbines, and utility-scale solar. But, much of the power itself is not used locally in rural communities. Many rural communities are dependent on the energy resource mix of their rural electric cooperative. Nationally, these cooperatives derive 67 percent of their energy from fossil fuels.

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Moon-Glo Tile and Cleaning Service receives entrepreneur award

Nancy Cochran-Jones never thought she’d make a living through cleaning services. Then, an opportunity to take over a tile cleaning business changed everything for Nancy and her husband, David Jones.

With financial and technical assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), the couple became owners of Moon-Glo Tile and Cleaning Service in Chappell, Nebraska, in June 2015.

Grants available to Iowa farmers

Grants are available for Iowa farmers impacted by the recent flooding. 

The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with Farm Aid and Iowa Farmers Union to provide grants up to $500. Individuals must be located in an area damaged by the recent flooding and must be farmers.

“We are working together with partners to help farmers navigate the recovery process,” said Cora Fox, policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs. “We understand the challenges farmers face, and want them to know that they aren’t alone.”

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