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Hladik brings perspective to Rural Affairs

By Michael Wunder, Wahoo Newspaper

LYONS – Ensuring farmers and rural residents have a say in state and national policy is important to a Raymond Central graduate whose daily work aims to enrich the rural landscape. Johnathan Hladik, who graduated from Raymond Central High School in 2002, currently serves as policy program director for the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons. The organization tasks itself with giving rural Americans a voice in how legislation is drafted. . . .  Having an interest in energy and conservation, Hladik said he enjoys looking for ways farmers could take advantage of renewable energy opportunities. A big part of that is working to build a better network of transmission infrastructure. Read the entire article here.


New Center for Rural Affairs Report: “Link To Rural Development And A Renewable Future”

Written by Lucas Nelsen, Policy Program Associate, Center for Rural Affairs


The United States continues to develop new clean and renewable energy resources to replace aging, carbon-emitting generating facilities. Much of the new renewable energy generation can be found in lightly populated rural areas. These locations often host significant resources for renewable energy generation and provide ample space for new development, especially from wind energy.

Wind energy contributed a significant portion of new generation completed in 2015, making up 41 percent of a total 14,468 megawatts built last year. Many of these new additions were located in the Midwest and Great Plains, regions of the country that boast some of the richest wind energy resources in the nation. Rural communities in these regions stand to benefit from new renewable development, as projects provide new economic activity and revenue for these areas. Download the full report (PDF).

Image: Wind turbines on a farm between Odell and Diller in southeast Nebraska, part of the Steele Flats wind farm. Credit: James R. Burnett / Omaha World-Herald