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Rural Matters

Apr 9, 2021

Michelle discusses rural economic development and lending with two experts in the field: Thomas Kimsey of Thomas USAF and Bill Broydrick of Broydrick and Associates. Kimsey clarifies the platforms that the USDA uses for lending to businesses, healthcare clinic, and local governments. Broydrick discusses the...


Apr 2, 2021

Michelle chats with several speakers from the Rural Assembly Everywhere conference, taking place April 20-21 with the theme of The Road to Repair. The speakers include Cariel Klein and Travis Coe from the Double Edge Theatre Company and Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss and...


Mar 27, 2021

In the second part of our special two-part series, the Biden-Harris Rural Vision, Michelle talks with Thomas J. Vilsack, the 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture who has returned to the role he served for eight years under President Barack Obama. Secretary Vilsack highlights the American Rescue Plan sections...


Mar 25, 2021

In this first part of our special two-part series, the Biden-Harris Rural Vision, Michelle talks with Will McIntee, the Associate Director of Public Engagement in the White House Office of Public Engagement. The office’s goals are to improve the connection between the federal government and the public and ensure that...


Feb 15, 2021

Michelle chats with author Ross Benes about his new book, Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold. Benes notes the influences of his hometown of Brainard, Nebraska, on his current life in New York City. Benes describes the misconceptions of people in New York City about his rural upbringing, where...