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Recent posts by Teresa Hoffman

Webinar: Native Vegetation+Solar Energy

Cody Smith, policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, hosts this webinar on best management practices for implementing native vegetation on solar project sites in the region with Rob Davis, director of the Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy. 

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Center outlines appropriations priorities for RMAP in letter to Congress

Recently, the Center for Rural Affairs outlined our appropriations priorities for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program in a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. 

"The Center for Rural Affairs pursues a mission to establish strong rural communities, and we are grateful for this opportunity to share with you our priorities for appropriations for fiscal year 2021," Policy Manager Anna Johnson writes in the letter. "Robust funding for the below programs will provide important support for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. 

Senator, rural residents voice support for bill to improve rural broadband access

Obtaining internet service for their rural Nebraska homes hasn’t been easy—or convenient—for Mike Tabbert and Chuck Karpf.

When all is said and done, Tabbert will spend more than $12,000 for the service he and his husband need to work from their home in Antelope County.

After discussions with neighbors and internet service providers, Karpf, a Center for Rural Affairs board member, was able to get service at his home in southern Sioux County.

But, it was slow.

Let your voice be heard by submitting a comment on Medicaid expansion

Judy Sandeen wasn’t planning on testifying when she walked into the Kearney Public Library last fall for the second of four public hearings on the implementation of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska.

But, as she signed in, the Hastings, Nebraska, resident, thought about her friend, Todd Ruhter.

“I thought ‘well, why not?’ because this was a huge thing that happened with Todd,” Judy said.

Todd had long fought for the Medicaid expansion, often traveling from Grand Island to Lincoln to speak with Nebraska lawmakers, despite being very ill.

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