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Water Warriors: Bev and Dwight’s prairie paradise for water quality

Bev and Dwight Rutter describe their prairie farm as a hobby gone nuts.

Surrounded by 600 acres of restored and native prairie grass (and hundreds of pheasants), rests Bev and Dwight’s native seed and plant nursery, The Prairie Flower, near Spencer, Iowa. At the nursery, they sell a wide variety of local, native prairie and wetland plants and seeds. The Rutters also provide services such as ecological consulting and planning.

Conservation Innovation Grant Case Studies: Conservation is key for Ruth

For more than two decades, Ruth Chantry has been gaining farming experience, and she’s not planning to stop any time soon.

Common Good Farm, located outside Raymond, Nebraska, is run by Ruth and her husband, Evrett Lunquist. Their farm is certified organic and certified biodynamic, which means they meet organic agriculture standards, and also look at the farm as a whole organism

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.

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