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Farm bill meeting . IS now March 24


A meeting scheduled for March 10 in Redwood Falls on the rural development opportunity provisions of the federal farm bill has been rescheduled. The meeting being conducted by Land Stewardship and the r for Rural Affairs is now being held March 24 starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Redwood Falls Public Library. The meeting is also scheduled to include a discussion on Country of Origin Labellng (COOL) and the conservation provisions of the farm bill.




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REAP purchase exposes kids to art of studio photogra By KERRl REMPP Record staff writer A recent purchase of studio photography equipment at Sioux County High School is providing severr~lnew opportunities for the district's students. The new equipment is already enhancing an existing digital photography class taught by Rex Rodenbaunh and should continue to add to the curriculunl next year. Rodenbaugh, in his second year as a teacher at Sioux County High School, had sewn students sign up for his photography class last year. but thc school had only four digital cameras. "We wanted to put a camera in every kid's hands," he said. -.. . . . he dlstr'ct appro\'cd the pur-


chase of f"L'r Olyn~pus d~gital canlcras, as . . well as an Epsori photo prinicr that prints 13"x 19" inc11photos and 13"xlO' rolls. "The initial goal (oSthc class) was to give the kids a foundation," Rodenbaugh said. His students study the history of photography. gain an understanding of how light affects thc pliotography, learn about composition and experiment with the cameras beyond the built-in presets. The class assigmnents range from macro photos where the photographer is within inches oi' the subject - to panoramic landscapes put together with computer software. "The other important part is that the dark room is now a conipuicr," Rodenbaugh said. To that ~ I I L < the studcnts work with photography software to crop

Record ohoto bv Kerr~RemDo .. Art teacher Rex Rodenbaugh, left, instructs' rent Bannan, right, in camera settings for studio photography.

and resiae photos and a{just school's schedule at an affordcomponents like brightness and able rate. As an alternative, thc contrast and hues. juniors approached Rodcnbaugh U!ith thi: purchase o r the stu- about taking the photos himsell'. dio kit this yc;~r.the class will Fle decltned, saying he didn't experience anorher form of pho- have the equipment to do thc job tography. Tlic kit, valued at justice. $2,373, was purchased wit11 That led to a conversation REAP grant fiinds. said supetin- about purchasing lighting equrp tendent Dr. Brctl Ciics. He sup- ment and how it could b e , ~l t ported the idea when i t was the school disfiict in a varie:y ( I broached bec:~usc lie saw it as a ways. Kate G i ~ ~Dr. . ~Gies' . wifi , way of "giving the students volunteered to take serve as thc another perception of Ghat's photographer at prom if the dis-, trict bought the kit, and available after high school." Paul Windsor, the junior class Rodenbaugh, Windsor and Ciies sponx)r started the hall rolling. discussed ways the lights would As thc Junio~.;were making enhance the photography class. "It's going to give us more plans for p -o,n one ol' the key components securing a pho- flexibility," Gies said, in terms t o g r a p h ~ 'It's . olicn diff'icult to of' prom photography, sports find photographer.~ who can tcarn photos and the like. travel to S~ouxC'ounty on the However, the faculty sees that element only as a side benefit. "It has to come back to how it helps students." Gies said. "If it hadn't met that kind of criteria. we wouldn't havc proccedctl with it." The studio kit includes background stands. three back(!rctrs. four flash units. an L i 3 1 j 8 j r: l i i ~ , two hoods with ciitTi~.;zrsand a tri- pod. With th: advances made i n photography technology, the field is a broad one. "It's something that's in everyone's hands," Rodenbaugh said.. "(The equipment) will give the students some exp6iuse to a more formal piece of photography." This year's class has already incorporated the equipment into their education. They've worked to figure out the best positioning for the equipment and provided one of their classmates with .passport photos for a trip this Record pl;c!o by Kerri Rernpp suinrner. Another student is also Sioux County senior Lane Grote positions a light and umbrel- working on putting together a la as part of the school's digital photography class. The district portfolio of art pieces and has recently used REAP grant funds to purchase the studio light- bee11 able to use the equipment ing to enhance the class and provide more flexibility in taking to photograph the art work for a various photos for the school, such as prom and team sports digilal portfolio. pictures. While readying the equip- . . .--. .- . ,.-, --. .. - .-- .--





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Small business project to be topic of March 25 meeting here

A new small business pilot counties. project will be the subject of a This pilot is the result of a I meeting in Albion next-~ednes- research project done by the day, March 25, from 11 a.m. to Center for Rural Affairs stafftwo 2 p.m. in the Cornerstone Bank years ago that indicated there is r, = r n E t i n g room, 240 South Thifd --an opportunity for this type of, St. Lunch will be provided. model to work in rural areas. The program's aim is to create One of the keys to success of the small businesses in the region to small business piece is creation supply identified needed goods of a social network between the and services to larger metro- businesses. Peter Kiewit Institute at LNO politan businesses. It is based on a model seen in Europe, in which is part of the project and will a series of small rural businesses supply the technology resources. work together in a network that Students at the institute will work then connects with a larger urban directly with the small businesses to assess their needs in ord6r . business. The Center for Rural Affairs to enhance their success in this secured a grant from the Economic project. The Center for Rural Affairs Development Administration for this pilot program in the Northeast Rural Enterprise Assistance ProNebraska, encompassing Knox, gram (REAP) will fill the need for Cedar, Dixon, Antelope, Pierce, training, technical assistance and Wayne, Thurston, Boone, Madi- where needed, micro-lending. The project runs through Deson, Stanton, Cumming, Burt, Platte, Colfax, Dodge and Nance cember 2009. i %




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Value Added Producer Grant ~ . ; . Informational Meeting The Center for Rural Affairs in partnership with USDA Rural Development and the North Central RC&D will be hosting an information meeting on the Value Added Producer Grant program on March 24th in Bassett. Joan Scheel, USDA Rural Development Business Program Specialist, will present information on the purpose of the grant program, how to apply and tips for completing the application. The sessions will include discussion with input from attendees on ideas for value added projects. "There is so much interest in this program from Nebraska's farmers and ranchers who are developing businesses that grow their income and bring much needed jobs to their communities. We are so glad to be able to partner with USDA Rural Development in order to present in- . formation on' this upcoming opportunity ." Please come and join us March. 24 in Bassett at the North Central Nebraska RC&D Office, 308 East Highway 20,7:00 p.m. - 8 3 0 p.m. i



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Broken Bow woman named REAP Friend of the Year Denise Russell, cxrcutive director c~fthe Broke11 Bow has been honored for her teamof Con~~nt>rce, work. devotion. and integrity by the Ceptel- for Rural Affairs with its Rural 1Sntci-prjse Assi.stance project (REAP) Friend of the Year a~, Accorcling to the Centsol for Rural Affairs, Russell is a strong supporter of I<EAP, a small business development program that offers bi.tsiness training. technical assistance, loans and networ.lijng acl-ossrural Nebraska. Dena Beck, REAP business specialist, approached RusseL1about conducting Rrokeii Bow office hours in the sumnler of 2007, and i t was a win-win situation, accol-ding to the Center. for Rural Affairs. liussell promotes REAP and office hours held monthly in her chamberrir~r.slettel:to people who call or stop by the chamber. and on her weekly radio show. "By far, the: majority of the referrals i n my 16-county region come fro111Ci~stcrCount2i," Beck said. "Denise is a great friend to REAP.'' Russell has collaborat~dwith REAP on Marketing Training, Agriculture and Business S~lcccssioilTraining, and Quick Aoolrs 'il.aining. "REAP providt>sgreat tools for our businesses to use. This in turn enhances and cxpands our. business comrnunity and providcs jobs," Russell said.


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Value added producer grant program informational meetirlg planned for Doniphan

The Center tor Iblral Affairs, in partnership with USDA Rut ,li D~velup~nent, will be hosting a series of informatio~~:ll :s~eetingson the Value Added Producer Grant : Prop,r.a:,: . - Jo:ln hrheel, USDA Rural Development business pro' gram &.:.!.rcili!ist, will present information on the purpose of the grr :,t program, how to apply and tips for completing ion. The sessions will include discussion with the app11,::hi input froin attendt>eson ideas for value added projects. The Doniplian meeting will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 1 at the South Central RC&D Office at 125 W. Plum Street. For more information, contact Krrthie Starkweather at or (402) 438-8496.


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Thursday, March 19 2009 CHOKIO, MN 957 (15)

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Farm Bill meetings scheduled The special series of meetings on rural development provisions in the new Farm Bill has been rescheduled for March 24-25 in the western Minnesota conlnlunities of Montevideo. Manis, Ononville and Redwood Falls. These meetings art: open to the public and .free of charge. For more information, call Terry VanDerPol at the Land Stewardship Project at 330769-2 105 or Steph Lars011 .. . at the &w for IlwbUm at 402-687-2 100. The locations and times are: Redwood Falls: Tuesday, March 24. 2:30-430 p.m.. Redwood Falls Public Library, 509 S. Lincoln St. Montevideo: Tuesday. March 24. 7-9 p.m.. Monte-

video High School lunchroom. 1501 William Ave. Morris: Wednesday, March 25. 1:30-3:30 p.m.. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 43875 2301h St. (HighGay 59) Ortonville: Wednesday, March 25. Countryside Public Health Meeting Room, 5-6:30 p.m.. 47 NW 2nd St. (Main Street behind the Gnnnry Food Co-op). During the meetings, representatives of the Land Stewardship Project and the Center Ibr Rural Affairs will gike presentations on the Farm Bill's Micro Entrepreneur Assistance Program and some of the new developments and opportunities i n the Value Adged Producer Grants Program. In addition. there will be dis-

cussions on Country of Origin Labeling and how it affects farmers who market localry, special provisions for beginning farmers and ranchers, changes in meat inspection rules and opportunities these changes offer for processing locally grown meat and selling it across state lines. the Conservation Stewardship Progrim. and some of the new Fann Bill provisions related to orgilnic firming. These meetings are sponsored by the Land Stewardsllip Project (www.lilndstewardshippro) and the Center for Rural Affairs (

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Out of Crisis Comes Great Things By Elisha Greeley Smith,

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Centc.r.hrRur,aJ..Affa.h 184 to 198 microenterprise With times of economic crisis come great opportunities for entrepreneurs, if we are willing to invest in microenterprise development. A recent h f e r....f a...Rural Maairs' report found that investing in entrepreneurial development paid big 'dividends during the last recent recession (2000-2003), and continuing such investment could help Nebraska weather this current economic recession. Employ ment in Nebraska attributable to microenterprises (businesses with 5 or fewer employees) actually grew by nearly five percent while all other private, non-farm employment fell by nearly one percent during that last recession. According to the report, Economic Outcomes of State Investment In the Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act, a $1.5 million annual appropriation to the Nebqska Microenterprise Development

businesses created or expanded with assistance from the program, creation of 294 to 317 jobs across the state, creation of $5.6 million to $8.6 million in additional income in Nebraska households (business owners and employees), creation of over $1.1 million in household asset growth in its first year, economic outcomes in Nebraska of over $6 million to nearly $10.5 million in one yeat, and potential economic outcomes in Nebraska of $25 million to $41 million after five years. The Govmr's budget recommendation released in January 2009 recomrncnded cutting funds for the Act. Nebraska Legislators should not turn their backs on rural main streets at the precise time when investing in entrepreneurial development can help revitalize rural communities and reinvigorate Nebraska's economy.

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