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Bring responsible food choices into schools

Each day, 29 million students participate in the national school lunch program. The Nebraska Food Council is urging Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, with inclusion of the Farm to School Act and Kids Eat Local Act, to bring responsible food choices into schools.

Last spring, Congress signaled an attempt to build a new Child Nutrition Act. This legislation is traditionally revised every five years and, while most program authorizations are permanent or extended through annual appropriations, a new Child Nutrition Act has not been reauthorized since 2010.

Staff spotlight: Shawn advances the Center’s mission number by number

Knowledge of numbers, a passion for teamwork, and a love of rural living make Shawn Vetick perfectly suited for her role as accounting assistant with the Center for Rural Affairs.

The Nebraska native has been crunching the numbers in the Center’s accounting department since 2010, starting as a part-time employee, and full-time since 2012.

Shawn’s role is vitally important in keeping everything running smoothly financially for the Center staff, as well as investors.

Clara’s Garden shows that a sustainable floral business is possible

Being a florist focused on sustainability in the face of our changing climate may be difficult, but Mediapolis, Iowa, mother-daughter duo Meredith and Jen Hinson do just that.

Meredith began her floral career working for a local florist 15 years before opening her own shop—Clara’s Garden—in 2000. Jen joined the Clara’s Garden team when she moved back for the summer after teaching in Houston, Texas, for a few years.

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