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Staff spotlight: Anthony lives the American dream

Rural America holds a special place in Anthony Gurrola’s heart – his story began there and continues there today.

Anthony says his upbringing is the perfect example of a rural environment being inclusive and supporting the American Dream.

“I’m the child of an immigrant; born and raised in western Nebraska,” he said. “My father migrated there and started his living as a hardworking ranch hand. After he met my mother, she helped him and other family members work toward gaining legal status.”

Staff spotlight: Lori helps grow rural communities

With each passing year, the Center for Rural Affairs assists more and more entrepreneurs in making their dreams a reality. And, as the number of small business owners grows, so does their need for assistance.

One of the newest members on the Center’s team is Lori Schrader, northeast Nebraska loan specialist. She serves entrepreneurs in the northeast corner of the state, including Antelope, Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Dakota, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne counties.

So far, she’s enjoying this role.

Water Warriors: Jerry balances conservation with yields

Mid-October in Iowa – temperatures have dropped, leaves are changing, and harvest should be in full swing. Yet, there I sat with Jerry Peckumn in his office when he should have been out in the combine. Thirteen days straight of heavy rains in central Iowa seriously stalled the harvest of the state’s corn and soybeans crops.

Staff spotlight: Lucia’s leadership sparks success for beginning farmers

Seeing farmers achieve their goals is Lucia Schulz’s passion. Being the reason why they’re able to achieve those goals is her job.

As a project assistant for the Center for Rural Affairs, Lucia spends her time encouraging Latino farmers to network, educate, and lead. She motivates farmer leaders to host learning circles and organizes workshops, where she facilitates, translates, and interprets.

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