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🐟 RFI PROJECT UPDATE 🌱

This RFI-Funded Teaching and Engagement Project, "Systems Thinking for Sustainable Future," provides an opportunity for youth in rural schools to develop systems-thinking skills by understanding how food, energy and water systems are interconnected in our complex world to prepare for the future.

"Having this opportunity to understand and solve a problem using this aquaponics set up, our youth and our students will be able to take this learning and apply it to larger problems," says University of Nebraska-Lincoln Assistant Professor Ashu Guru.

Undergraduate students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering designed and developed aquaponics system kits and lesson plans to implement in K-12 schools in rural Nebraska. They use a train-the-trainer model preparing high school students to teach middle school students. The first placement in schools began in January of 2018 in Nebraska City, Neb.

Learn more about RFI's 50 research and teaching projects at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/research

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"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean ⛵
While change is evident, adapting is crucial to success!
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On today's recorded Catch Up With Chuck, we're joined by Harry Knobbe, Entrepreneur & Owner of Harry Knobbe Feedyards & Knobbe Commodities. He discusses the community development steps he has taken for his thriving rural community of West Point, Neb.

Knobbe has dedicated more than 50 years to the cattle-feeding industry. A few years after moving onto his farm in 1960, he started Knobbe Commodities, a successful business that now includes six commodities brokers. He believes in the importance of investing in the future of rural leadership and entrepreneurship to help a community thrive.

Previous episodes of Catch Up With Chuck are available at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/catch-up-with-chuck/.
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We believe in giving a BOLD voice to rural people and places. Learn more about creating a BOLD story for rural in a presentation by RFI's Director of Communications and Public Relations, Katelyn Ideus, at UNL Center for Great Plains Studies 2018 Ecotourism Symposium.

Details and registration >>> www.unl.edu/plains/2018-ecotourism-symposium

“Plains Safaris: A Conference on Tourism and Conservation in the Great Plains” will explore how tourism on private lands can be a force for conservation in the Great Plains as well as empower landowners and build thriving rural communities.

More RFI events, presentations & webinars on RFI's event page at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/events.
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