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Leaders talk about ‘Black Experience in Rural Nebraska’ 

To say that we live in a challenging time is quite the understatement. For the past several months, almost everyone’s “normal” has been upended. Many of us are spending much more time at home than we ever have before. However, for People of Color in this country, the spectre of widespread, systemic, and institutionalized racism remains a steadfast constant. This fact, while unforgettable to People of Color, was thrust into the national spotlight after yet another extrajudicial murder incited protests around the country.

Upswing in direct purchasing brings challenges for small meat processors

One of the great benefits of living in a rural community is our ability to enjoy food grown locally. Families appreciate easy access to high quality nutrition. Many farms and ranches depend on these local sales. 

Like so much of our daily life, this system was disrupted by COVID-19. When work is interrupted at industrial processing facilities, commodity producers flood local meat lockers with their product. With already limited reservation space being taken up by large growers, those who depend on direct-to-consumer sales were left out.

From the desk of the executive director: a call to community responsibility

Community responsibility is an often cited virtue in small towns. It is a value rooted in a commitment to neighbor and community. We witnessed it in barn raisings of past generations and in volunteer fire departments of today.

Rural people pull together for community, often across political differences. We pull together because something needs to get done. We pull together because we have to be able to count on each other in small towns.

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