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Water Warriors: Water quality is everyone’s responsibility, according to Lehman

If there is one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that water quality improvement practices are key to solving Iowa’s water problem.

Aaron Lehman, a fifth generation farmer in Polk City, and president of the Iowa Farmers Union, has found using water quality practices on his farm to be extremely beneficial. Aaron and his family operate a small farm where nearly half of the acres are organic, and the remaining are conventional.

Faith and family, plus hard work, equal success for business owners

Nancy Cochran-Jones never thought she’d make a living through cleaning services. Then, an opportunity to take over her congregants’ tile cleaning business changed everything for Nancy and her husband, David Jones.

With financial assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), the couple became owners of Moon-Glo Tile and Cleaning Service in Chappell, Nebraska, in June 2015.

Staff spotlight: giving is Griselda’s goal

Selfless. Dedicated. Motivated.

There are few people in this world who possess not one, but all three qualities listed above. Luckily for small business owners, Griselda Rendon is one of those people.

A supportive wife, and proud mother of three active children, Griselda also works for the Center for Rural Affairs as a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino loan specialist. She spends much of her time going from soccer games to gymnastics practice to show choir competitions, all after putting in a full day helping entrepreneurs make their dreams come true.

Staff spotlight: variety is the spice of life for Jordan

The daily work grind for many people consists of doing the same thing over and over. Jordan Feyerherm, however, spends his days doing everything from teaching cooking classes to writing grants. No day is the same for him, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

For the last two and half years, Jordan’s position as a community organizing associate for the Center for Rural Affairs has given him the chance to take on a wide variety of responsibilities, though he says it comes down to the people.

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