Pioneering Spirit

There are those who go with the flow and there are those who give it “the whole nine yards.” In rural America, the latter have an enormous impact.

We benefit from their leadership and they set good examples for all of us to follow. But, perhaps most importantly, they have hope for rural America and they give each of us in turn a hope of our own.

Let me take a moment to tell you a little about one of rural America’s leaders.

Konnie Frederick who owns and operates a farm north of Randolph, Nebraska is truly a pioneer in spirit and in practice. She is currently one of the most sought after experts in the science of raising Boer goats in the U.S. She is also a founding member of Many Rivers Producer Cooperative, an association of goat and sheep producers in Nebraska. As Robert Kennedy once implored us all, Konnie refuses to look at the challenges rural America faces and ask why… instead, she sees opportunities in rural places and asks, why not?

It is fitting that Konnie recently received the Center for Rural Affair’s Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. Bob passed away this last year, but anyone who ever met him will tell you that he possessed an indefatigable spirit and undying love for rural Nebraska. Konnie’s spirit and dedication to craft the community is a tribute to Bob; just as the award named after him is a tribute to her.

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The Center for Rural Affairs is a private nonprofit specializing in strengthening small businesses, rural communities, and family farms and ranches.

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