Iowa State Sen. Wahls reflects on 2020 legislative session, rural resiliency

As Iowans continue to work through a year headlined by a global pandemic, racial justice, and most recently, a derecho that hit central and eastern portions of the state, the Center for Rural Affairs remains committed to talking about and providing resources to ensure a resilient future.

With in-person events canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, Policy Associate Cody Smith took to the internet for the Center’s most recent Rural Resiliency Forum last month. 

Managing stress on the farm or ranch

Farmers and ranchers are incredibly resilient. In many instances, they are used to addressing problems on their own, but there are some challenges we all can use a helping hand to get through.

As 2020 has shown us, some of the most stressful situations are those outside of our control. This year has been unprecedented in so many ways, including the many compounding stressors on producers. But, even before 2020, farm stress rates have been rising for a number of years. 

Staff spotlight: Nina brings organizational knowledge to northeast Nebraska

Until almost a decade ago, Nina Lanuza had always lived in big cities. Then, she moved to Schuyler, Nebraska, and hasn’t looked back since.

“At this point in my life, I don’t think I will ever move back to an urban area,” she said. “Rural America offers a sense of community, unity, social relationships, and peace. The air is filled with birdsong in the mornings, and I know who is in my son's classroom or on his baseball team—those are all priceless to me.”


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