Success Stories

Designed to provide technical assistance to Socially-Disadvantaged Groups in rural areas, the University of  Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Cooperative Development Center (NCDC) is doing just that.  A recipient of funding from the USDA Rural Development Socially Disadvantaged Group Grants program (S

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Brent Benstead recently purchased the Trading Post Market in  Ponca, Nebraska from the retiring owner.  The Trading Post has been a grocery retailer for more than 40 years and is positioned directly along the path to the Ponca State Park.  In recent years the business had seen a steady decline. 

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Grandview Addition Gregory SD

The City of Gregory recently put the finishing touches on its 66-acre purchase known as Grandview Addition.  The property will help expand commercial, industrial, and residential development. 

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Native American Artists  products on display in the Kearney GROW Store.

In 2016, Central Plains Foundation, Inc.

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Certified Organic Microgreens from Robinette Farms.

Robinette Farms, is a value added farming operation located in Martell, Nebraska and was awarded two Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) for working capital.  In FY 2011 Robinette Farms was awarded $24,994 to help meet the community’s growing demand for locally grown and harvested vegetables.  The

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The picture depicts the use of technology to tie two communities and a research consultant into the learning process.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Community Vitality Educators knew small businesses needed access to global markets in order to grow their business in rural America.  The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska received a USDA Rural Business Development technical assistance grant t

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All smiles in their very own home.

Charles and Adrienne Starks moved to Nebraska from Texas in August 2016 with their three   children for Charles new job.

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Mushrooms are grown, harvested, and packaged on the site, then distributed to grocery stores and restaurants.

Nebraska Mushroom, LLC, located in Grand Island, Nebraska, is a small locally owned company that grows and distributes high-quality gourmet mushrooms for restaurants, individual consumers, and wholesalers/distributors.  Products sold include fresh mushrooms, dried mushrooms, and home-grow bags. 

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Groundbreaking for Dane's House at True Purpose Ministries

Just outside Knoxville in East Tennessee there is a group of dedicated individuals determined to give men caught in the cycle of addiction and poverty a new purpose.

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Cooper Family Community Center opened, Friday, June 16, 2017

On June 16, 2014, twin EF4 tornados tore through Stanton County Nebraska, leaving immense devastation and loss in their wake.  One of these monstrous tornadoes ripped through the Village of Pilger, leveling or severely damaging over half of the town’s buildings.  For a community of less than 400

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