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Center staff member recognized for commitment to community

Gladys Godinez seeks out opportunities, and constantly strives to make a difference with her work—which has led to her receiving the Special Recognition Award for “outstanding vital contribution to the Latino-Hispanic community in Nebraska.”

The community organizing associate for the Center for Rural Affairs was honored during the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Heritage Breakfast this fall.

Slow internet speeds frustrating for education, business

Before moving back to the family farm outside Juniata, in Adams County, my husband and I lived in rural southwest Iowa.

When we were preparing for the move to Nebraska, it became apparent that internet access was very limited. We called more than 10 companies, and only one offered service to our location, service which ended up being of very poor quality.

Staff spotlight: Nelsen knows renewable energy

Lu Nelsen is a believer in the power of conversation. Some days, he even depends on conversations to get his job done.

For the last five years, he has helped track renewable energy and infrastructure development across the Midwest and Great Plains while working as a policy associate for the Center for Rural Affairs.

“I talk to a lot of people who see the potential of renewable energy development,” Lu said. “That can be everything from generating new income, to saving them money on their electric bill, or benefiting the environment.”

Conservation Innovation Grant Case Studies: Agricultural roots bring Eric home to Nebraska

Though he’s only been farming for around 10 years, agriculture is in Eric Thalken’s blood.

Originally from Ogallala, Nebraska, Eric spent part of his childhood in The Cornhusker State, and part of it in The Keystone State—Pennsylvania. He grew up in a family with a conventional farm mindset. Upon returning to Nebraska, Eric studied agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then became a sales agronomist.

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