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Top 5 of 2019: You can determine your actual broadband connection

In our second highest viewed post of 2019, we feature a useful tool for all rural Americans. Across the nation, internet service providers report service information twice every year to the Federal Communications Commission. However, the current reporting method is flawed. The tool described in this blog post can help rural residents share their actual broadband experience with their elected officials to show them more accurate mapping is long overdue. This piece is authored by Cody Smith, our policy associate, and appeared on our website in April.

Top 5 of 2019: Leadership training offers tools to overcome health challenges in Native communities

The year in review countdown continues with a blog featuring one of our own staff members and the steps she is taking to be an even better leader in her community. Coming in at number four is a blog on Lizzie Swalley's efforts to connect with Tribal programs within her community of Santee to work on food access, food sovereignty, and traditional food efforts. The piece is written by Liz Daehnke, communications consultant, and was posted in January.

Top 5 of 2019: Iowa farmer shows conservation and economics go hand in hand

Countdown time! With less than one week remaining in 2019, a recap is in order. Starting today through the end of the year, we'll review the five best Center stories of the year, chosen by the most views on our website.

Number five features a piece authored by Kayla Bergman and Kate Hansen. They interview Mark Tjelmeland who has farmed alongside his wife near McCallsburg, Iowa, for almost four decades. Together, they prioritize our natural resources and climate through various conservation practices. The blog was posted in September.

Food + Art Conference feeds eager entrepreneurs’ business needs

Small food and arts-based businesses were offered tools needed to be successful in growing their businesses at the first-ever Food + Art Conference in Pender, Nebraska. The event was hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs in October.

In the heart of rural America, attendees were able to gain access to resources usually only found at larger conferences in urban areas.

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