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Community leaders receive Bob Steffen Pioneer Award

Hilda Moreno and Carlos Alvarado, of Fremont, Nebraska, provide a model for innovation, stewardship, and community development.

Because the couple has gone above and beyond to become leaders in the Latino farming community, they have been chosen as the recipients of the 2017 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award. They were recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Wind energy champion receives Citizenship Award

Experience in community economic development and agriculture has helped Ross Knott draw out the benefits of wind energy. In the process, he has helped transform one small town’s story into that of a strong voice in support of rural development.

This commitment to community has led the Center for Rural Affairs to choose Ross, a native and longtime resident of Petersburg, Nebraska, to receive the 2017 Citizenship Award. He was recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Staff spotlight: Terri’s roots brought her back to rural America

A desire for fresh air and quiet country life led Terri Mentink and her husband, Brian, to leave Lincoln, Nebraska, 20 years ago. Since then, they’ve enjoyed raising their daughters on an acreage outside Lyons.

Though she didn’t mind city living, Terri, a self-proclaimed farm girl at heart, says two decades away from rural America was more than enough for her.

Nebraska small businesses band together to support farm bill program

We are writing, as small businesses in Nebraska, to ask for your support in funding the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). We share a common interest in protecting and preserving RMAP in the farm bill. We understand the challenges that entrepreneurs and small businesses face, and recognize the impact that programs like RMAP have on the lasting success of those businesses.

Staff spotlight: Bounthy brings support back to small towns

Eating fresh foods is a crucial factor in leading a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to homegrown, unprocessed foods.

This happens to be the case on the Omaha Reservation. Bounthy Parker wants to help members of the Omaha Nation solve this problem by demonstrating how to grow vegetables and sell the foods at farmers markets.

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