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Unapologetically Rural: Clean Energy

“The biggest issue on climate right now is that there is no awareness. We need to let people know.” Those words from our annual report came from Arlyn Schipper.

Last March Arlyn Schipper, a conventional grain farmer in Grundy Center, Iowa, took part in an event we hosted in a nearby town church hall. Our conversation focused on the threat climate change poses to modern agriculture. Until last year Arlyn didn’t believe in climate change. Six months later he was asking a room of 75 rural citizens to take action.

Bling by Zing Earns Nationwide Following

Since 2011, David and Kimberly Nelson have been designing and producing high-quality custom bling designs and applying them to t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jeans, backpacks, headbands, dance and cheer uniforms, sports jerseys, mugs, helmets, car/store windows, and more!

Unapologetically Rural: Food & Gardens

Community Gardens provide more than tasty nourishment, as you'll see in this annual report story.

If you drove past Carriage House Estates trailer court and Air Vista park – just east of the municipal airport in Columbus, Nebraska – a little over a year ago, you wouldn’t have seen anything surprising.

Raising Hay and a Little Hell in a Man’s Field

It’s a man’s world, or at least that is a popular belief when it comes to farming. But today approximately half of Midwest and Great Plains farm and ranch land is owned or co-owned by women.

Phyllis McCain of Norfolk, Neb. is one of those women landowners. She recently attended a Women Caring for the Land workshop organized by the Center for Rural Affairs. It is one of several workshops being hosted this summer designed to empower women who own land.

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