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DAP Selects Beatrice business lwoman tor equity award k 1
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The equity award winners are ounced in April and
REAP clients selected to equity awards in 2008
with five or fewer employees. The program, now in its fourth year, is funded by Citi Foundation and managed by the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, a national leadership organization and voice of microenterprise development. The awards may be used for essential business development activities such as marketing, technology purchases, Web site development, inventory, or professional services. Recipients will also receive technical train-
ing, business development guidance and assistance from R W staff on growing their businesses and maximizing their equity awards. More than 300 women entrepreneurs nationwide have received a total of more than $350,000 in equity awards since the Women & Co.8 Microenterprise Boost Program began in 2005. The majority of recipients report an increase in sales, revenue or customers after receiving the award.
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Taste of the Nation evcnt, wliich xvill rai\c: mriilrxyfor the Centcifor Rural Affairs. Voice4 for Child~.eri,the Omaha Food Bank and the \-isiting Nurse Association.
";ill l,atili foodc: they hs\.c gri:at flavors and st!llc." she said. "It fitsnrype~,:iorlality" -
(;rowinf: up in Michigrin, she worked at a pis.za parlor. and rlo~~ghrtut s1111pAt 17,sl1e Sunda:~'sevcnt fenturcs footi and dri1:k:; e n r ~ ~ l l catt l Wasl~l~urr!e Culinary Institute in] prepared by chefi a i ~ dn~ixologistsfron! l,hn forrner Fat.?. ?:i.twr:rlr star c:o-oirZlis morc than twii 6 o i r r 1lf,c.;rl rcst;lul,;ints N1 ~ l i i Chic::go. Liack t!lcri, no1 marly woriien pu:. tlirec rc;-;f.i~l';li:t!.,Ic:t.- ni:\r rccii:c>. I-rca?rs kc11anid lui.21culin.ir.7, expe~-tswill judgc tfii. succi i:i~litiir!-ycnsccrs. pt uducls, writes c~~:i!i'ii)Ok:;slid i~ a frequent dishes. "'i'trcrc used to bc, very, very ftw. I wasone TV andradiopersona!ity. of ( u o i n a class ol' 101) " said hliiiikcn, :rdclil~g Ir, addi~lc;;;,shc: will prepare disht:. fct!- a She's also a ioii~li~il;. ~lljipor'leiand cur- VIP tastiilg at 5 g m., inclutling creanl p~il'fs ilia1 llow aix)ul 45 pi:rc.f,nt of sllldr:nih at nlarent board member of Share Our Slrength, a n~itJt:f r o l ~ i Spsnishchccst:ar3d a stuffed witti jot.culinar)~schools al,ci\;:irntx!l. working to fight child- Serrano ham and piclilrtl o ; ~ i ~ ~ ) n s . leading o~-ga~lixation k/lillikel) is ;r fountling member of M'omcrt hond hunger. Millikcrl an,! lorigtime fr~enrland business Cli!~fs S. Kr:staurateurs, :I group that "We already krloxv the curt: to childhnoci partner S ~ i s h k'c:nixcr :~ olvn Border Grill res- pi ii~nc:testhe education and iidvancenrent of hunger. We don't h a i ~ eto firrd o!ie," blil!iken r y . also teaches in ta;~r;tr!t:: in Santa bloltic;~and 1.3s Vegas alid uTomenin the i r ~ d ~ ~ s tShtl said by phorre this wcck from Los Angeles. Ciutii~tlin Los Angeles. The d u ~ w1.c the Careers Thruugll Culindr y Arts Proi krli:\vrl "We just need to get tho political will to make nationally from t h c i r "'l'oo 1101 'l'ari~;i?es"and gI.;in?.a nonprofit organization that pi'epares it happen. We h;:ve lots of food. There's no "TamalesUTor-IL! 'l'nrlr" shi:n.s. hich school slucl~ntsfor cu1ir:ary careers. reason for childre11 to be hungry wifh tllis Millilirll is the aunt of .Julie L)e\lFitr of J k s p i t e a hectic schedule, taking tirrle out bounty we have." Oniaha, local co-ch;iil wunlan of Taste nf t'uc to scrvc tlic con~nluriiiyis inipo~.t;~r~t to her. One of Share Oui. Strenglli's fl~nd~.:iisel.i, Natioil. The chrf g l ~ wup loving kT~r;icaii "l'nl really actitre it: If!? nonprofit worltl Taste of the Naiiorl, brings I I :.t!,Olnaha this food al!d i;iter developt;~!a71 inlcrest in n;hci It's very gr;~tifying." weekend. Milliken will hc.:.:liirle the annual styles of Latincuisine. 1,os Angeles chef Mary Sue Milliken alway..: h.?salot on her plate.
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0rnaha'sTast.e of tlic, Nrlllo;!i a i 4 F . i : j ' i ~ etrorn 6 p.m.to 9 p.nl S~.lndnyntKa , ( - I I L ~Cou:t. 3 30 Peget:cy Parkwciy. i i c k r k , die $ i C , I,->adiiafi~t.. $85:jt :he door; $1 50ii:advance. $1~60irl t i ~ c dour f o ~tlhc VIP event. 11cketsare ava!lal)ic at v~w\:!.tasteoitlleriat~on.~rg/olnaiia i?:at
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to 20, dooming the entire bill for this year. Senator Cap Dierks subsequently pulled the bill from the floor.
en Agriculture Committee members voted for LB 1174 and six of them cosponsored the bill. They showed real dedication to supporting Nebraska's family farms, ranches and rural comIrnunities, as did all the Senators who supported LB 1174. To see how your Senator voted go to http://www.cfra. orgl1174. The fight for family farms, ranches and our small towns continues. We are ': proud to stand with Nebraskans in the ; fight for the future of rural Nebraska. k We will not concede the future of our rural communities to the powerful in' : terests that wish to see rural Nebraska handed over to corpordte mega-farms. ' We will be back.
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REAP Women's Business Center boosts entrepreneurs 3
Six businesses may receive $1,000 or $2,000 awards
ers of microenterprises (businesses with five or fewer employees). The program, now in its fourth year, 'LYONS - Six women- is funded by Citi Foundation owned businesses in and managed by the .Nebraska will have the Association for Enterprise :chance to boost their enter- Opportunity (AEO), the ,prises through the REAP national leadership organi-Women's Business Center zation and voice of microen'and the Women & Co. terprise development. The REAP Women's .-Microenterprise Boost pro-gram. The entrepreneurs Business Center is one of 13 :will receive cash awards of organizations selected by :$I000 or $2000 as well as AEO to serve as a local part,business skills training from ner in the program and is REAP Women's Business responsible for selecting the :Center to help them with the six women inNebraska to owth and development of receive the awards. Monica t eir businesses. Boost Braun, REAP Women's Award Winners will be rec- Business Center Director, -ognized a t the GROW said REAP Business .Nebraska Membership Specialists will select the ,Meeting at Burchell's equity award recipients from ' Whitehill Farmhouse Inn among their many clients. near Minden on April 18, "Being able to provide 2008. this "boost" to several of our - The Women & Co.(r) women business owners the .Microenterprise Boost last few years has allowed Program is designed to help them to increase efficiency l6w-income and moderate- and profits. This is an opporincome women who are own- tunity to make an impact in
their businesses without adding debt. We are excited to be able to do this again in 2008!" said Braun. More than 300 women entrepreneurs nationwide have received a total of more than $350,000 in equity awards since the Women & Co.(r) Microenterprise Boost Program began in 2005. The majority of recipients report a n increase in sales, revenue, or customers after receiving the award. "The aim of this Women & Co.(r) program is to champion underserved women business owners who can truly benefit from this small infusion of cash and opportunity for business training" says Amy McKenna Luz, AEO president and CEO. "The program empowers low-to moderate-income women, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, who are often left out of other entrepreneur support services." Karen Runkle, owner of Lil' Ladybug Greenhouse
and Gardens, received the award in 2007. She was able to purchase equipment that saved a great deal of time preparing vegetables for the CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) boxes she filled for customers, as well as ready products for the Farmer's Markets. Several other business owners were able to increase their marketing efforts and acquire new customers. Established in 1973, the Center for Rurgl Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues. The Center's REAP pro-
gram, an AEO member, provides technical assistance, training and loan capital to small business owners in rural Nebraska. Historically, microenterprises have been considered the backbone of the U.S. economy. AEO estimates there are more than
24 million microenterprises in the U.S. representing 18% or all private U.S. employ~ n e r l ta,:d 87Y of all businesse-. In Nebraska, 114,2,72 microenterprises r~presel lt 86.10%of all businesses in operation in the st ate.
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/ Sij-Up For Conservation Security Program Amiounced 1 The USDA recently announced it will be opening enrollment for the Conservation Securlty Program (CSQ In p 51 el ble watersheds. The s l ~ period is m April 18 to May 16.
"The Conservation Security 1s the first woang lands Warn at mards famen for top notch congervation on their worldng lands*Thep~'ocusesonsus* "Ie fmhg and ranchlngpraCtke8that provide clean water, better soil manage ment, improved habitat, energy &ien cy, and other natural resource benefib," said Traci BrucImer of the u e r for Rural AffBirs. "We are glad to see this slgiiXpG finally moving forward after such a long delay," adds Bmckner. "However, USDAs bureaucratic holdup means the new sign-up will take place dwing spring plantlng season for many fmws will have to b d with
am to implementation on a water:h%-w&tershed basis rather than a
natfopwide basis. Some 16 miIlion acres have w d y been since the gram was cmted in the 2002 farm bid: -
Congress Is currently negotiating a new farm bill that prominently features a s t r d l n e d and expanded Conservation 1 Security Program.If ultimately passed, ' the new law would allow all farmers nationwide to compete on a continuous basls for their place in the 13 million to mhfriar. w e 1 who already hawgood mmvatIon and whoaspiretothebestenvlrwmental~ perfonmce n o d compete to receive five year contracts paying up to 540,000 each. w u n g contracts, including the new signu ,would be continued.) "We bef'Iwe that the Cons'ervation Security m mb the dght policy for the right the. It provides hefits that reach far b'Wd the farm or ranch investing in f a l n g systems and prac- . tkes that provide clean water, healthy soils, and wildlife habitat," said Brucltner. W ' e hope the farmers and ranchers in these wataheds take advantage of their OPpo-fty to *ply now. And we d l . On ConfPs to pass a farm bill hat funds the C o ~ em m ~ i to ~rovldethis P-16' to other famenand rmxqln he fut-7 Eligible watersheds and addltlona! information on CSP Is avdable at: htt~:f/~.cfraod2~/~~~ --
ranch by Investing In fanning systems and pmctbs that pmvlde clean water, healthy dls, and wlklllfe habitat?
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1 ~ a k i an living ~ on a quarter section 1 No shortage of young people waht to get into farmlng and ranching, but few see how to afford the soaring start-up costs of land, equipment arid operating capital. They are trying to compete in tlie same arena with established farmers with greater equity and a long credit history also looking to expand. To get a foothold in agriculture today, young fanners could look at gctting more per acre rather than adding more acres ofproduction. The established organlc market today pays a premium, not for what you produce, but for how you producc it. The Organic Transitiori Incentive progrnm that is part of the Environmental Quality Ir~centiveProgram (EQIP) in Nebraska provides it payment of $50 per acre for cropland (160 acres maximum) and 8: 10 pcr acre for grazing lanil (320 masimum). The payment is made in the fall for each transition year, up to
three years. One year after the land is certified as Organic, the program is complete. r-.-.-.--., Not a11 districts offer the Organic Transition ~ n c e n - 1 tive program. B U ~EQIP i s designed to nieet l o c a l neeids if your BYElisha office doesn't Greeley Smith offer the pro----_---~ gram, contact your local NRCS office and ask for it. Each sulnmel- a local tcclinical comniitlee meets to decide which EQII' programs they will include in the local toolbox. Ifthey arc unaware of the demand for a program, it will likcly not be included. b u r contact' can help inform that process. For more infortnation visit: www. cfra.org/rosp.
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Elislrn Greeley Smith, e l i s h a s @ ~ f r ~ ~ oCenter, rg, for Rural Affairs No shortage of young people want to get into farming and ranching, but few see how to afford the soaring start-up costs of land, equipment and operat ir~g capital. They are trying to compe'fe in the same arena with established farmers with greater equity and a long credit' history also looking to
foothold in agricul-
acres of production. I'he established organic market today
'Tile Organic 'Transition Incenlive program that is part of the E~vironruental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) in Nebraska provides a payment r acre for cropland
Not all districts offer the Orrain. But EQJP is designed to iect local needs. If your office oesn't offer the program, conocal NKCS oflize
program, it will likely not be included. Your contact can help inform that process.