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Recent posts by Johnathan Hladik

What about our farmers?

Earlier this year, in the midst of a trade war with China, President Donald Trump announced a $16 billion agriculture bailout, telling Americans, via Twitter, the biggest beneficiaries would be “our great Patriot Farmers.”

Recent news reports, however, indicate foreign companies are getting a substantial amount of the bailout dollars.

Small business tax credit applications due Nov. 1

The most effective and desirable economic development strategy for many rural communities is small entrepreneurship. This is based on locally-owned and owner-operated small businesses. Approximately 24 percent of Nebraskans are employed by these enterprises and 74 percent report a microbusiness as their sole source of income.

State of energy independence in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska

Anyone who has invested in a distributed generation system will freely admit that the sun does not always shine and the wind does not always blow. This atmospheric reality can make it difficult for producers to rely exclusively on distributed energy. To overcome intermittency, system owners can choose to ration their energy use, invest in battery storage, or remain connected to the electric grid.

Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy—Wind and Solar

Renewables have been the fastest growing energy source since 2017 when costs reached a key milestone. Costs dropped enough to make wind and solar the cheapest form of conventional energy. Rural communities often carry this infrastructure. This fact sheet looks at the environmental impacts of wind and solar development.

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