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Report: Careful approach needed for wind farm rules

The wind-energy industry has a strong presence in states such as Iowa. But for more projects to move forward, a new report says local governments and developers need to be diligent in sorting out zoning issues.

Iowa is among the top ten states for renewable energy from wind farms. But it can still run into local opposition.

Entrepreneurs find a friendly face in Burt County

A long-time fan of the Center for Rural Affairs’ work, Patty Plugge has been an enthusiastic voice in rural matters well before actually partnering with the organization.

And, because of her commitment to helping others in her position as Burt County economic development director, the Center has chosen Patty to receive its 2019 Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Friend Award.

Small Business Stabilization Grant Program reopens in Nebraska with expanded eligibility

The State of Nebraska is reopening the Small Business Stabilization Grant Program with expanded eligibility. Businesses who have 1 to 75 employees, lost revenue due to COVID-19, and withhold state income tax for employees are now eligible. This means the self employed are eligible.

You must act fast as the deadline is this Friday, July 17, at 4 p.m., and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The application is not difficult to complete.

Woman landowner leads in building climate resiliency

Ann Wolf not only leads a strong conservation nonprofit organization in Iowa, but also as a woman landowner, focusing on building her climate resiliency.

Ann owns a 300-acre farm in Jackson County, Iowa—just 1 mile from the Mississippi River. The land has been in her family since 1943, and has been a conventional farm since 1862.

From the desk of the executive director: we must confront racism where we live and work

The death of George Floyd at the hands of police has ignited a movement. Floyd’s senseless and brutal death is yet another chapter in a long history of racism in our country.

Demonstrations have spread around the world in response. We noticed the reports of gatherings in small towns in our region—Norfolk, Nebraska. Coon Rapids, Iowa. Marshall, Minnesota. Places not known as hotbeds of anti-racism action.

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