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DACA decision hits close to home

Your next door neighbor. Your friend from the gym. Your co-worker, doctor, lawyer, hair stylist—these are people from our communities who we know and love. And, they are DACA recipients.

DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, was introduced in 2012 by President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of people who were brought into the U.S. as children. Though the program does not provide a pathway to citizenship, the status is renewable and lasts two years at a time.

Staff spotlight: Preston finds his passion in finance

Preparing bills and invoices, and processing payroll, deposits, and accounts payables—most people wouldn’t know where to begin if charged with these tasks. Preston Peters, however, shines when it comes to knowing the ins and outs of numbers.

After time spent as an accounting tutor at Northeast Community College, and logging banking experience in Kearney, Preston recently joined the Center for Rural Affairs as an accounting assistant.

Staff spotlight: Jessica dives into new role as Women’s Business Center director

From workshops and one-on-one training to networking events across the state to personal coaching and business assistance, the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center goes above and beyond to provide these free services to all Nebraskans.

Recently hired to take on the role of Women’s Business Center director, Jessica Campos jumped at the chance to work with the Center to help entrepreneurs and small business owners begin and expand successful businesses.

Staff spotlight: Howard looks forward to helping entrepreneurs in central Nebraska

With decades of experience under his belt, and a strong desire to fight for the little guy, Howard White now holds the entrepreneurs of central Nebraska in his very capable hands.

The Center for Rural Affairs recently brought Howard onto the team as a loan specialist, a position he’s excited to be in, with an organization he holds in high regard.

Red Fern Farm builds resiliency through diversification

Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice, owners of Red Fern Farm, have built resiliency in their operation to overcome challenging weather.

Nestled in a heavily wooded area just south of Grandview, Iowa, Red Fern Farm offers a unique experience for customers to harvest their own Iowa-grown fruits and nuts.

The owners grow a variety of fruit and nut trees—including chestnuts, persimmons, heartnut, pawpaw, and Asian pear. Their primary market is a “you pick” business throughout the summer, where customers schedule a time to pick from the trees and pay per pound harvested.

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