Updated Nov 08, 2018
Board Masters: Nonprofit Board Training

Nonprofit organizations with gross receipts of less than $1M are required to file a Form 990 with the IRS annually.  Imagine being a board member of nonprofit and finding out that the volunteer serving as the treasurer of the organization didn’t file a 990 for three consecutive tax years and consequently the organization is faced with paying penalties and federal income taxes, not to mention filing all the paperwork again to regain tax exempt status. Does this really happen? Yes it does.

Updated Mar 14, 2018

CVI Educators Ben Dutton (Red Willow County) and Jason Weigle (Nuckolls/Thayer Counties) Spoke to Nebraska TV about the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference April 4&5 in Hastings. Click the link to watch the video:

Updated Apr 16, 2018
It's time to Register!

This year's Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference is in Hastings, NE on April 4th & 5th.

Updated May 18, 2017

The following letter was written by Mark Thomas of Michigan State Extension, who attended Nebraska Extension's inaugural Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference in April of 2017.


I am sure you have had great feedback on the conference.  My appreciation of McCook continued after the conference.  As you know I was waiting for the midnight train to Michigan (apologizes to Gladys & The Pips "Midnight Train To Georgia") and remembering the High Plains Museum where the picture was taken, I made the decision to scope it out.

Updated Mar 06, 2017

A 2013 tax law change–the portability rule–can simplify farm and ranch estate planning. But farm and ranch families still need to do estate planning to develop and implement farm or ranch business transition plans so that the farm or ranch can continue to be successfully operated by the next generation. 

What is the portability rule? This is a fairly recent tax law that makes it easier for married couples to get a double federal estate tax exemption, currently from $5.49 million to $10.98 million per estate. 

Updated Mar 02, 2017

If you frequent a small town coffee shop in Nebraska you will probably hear conversations about the price of farm commodities, speculation about the next local high school game and frustration linked to the declining rural population. The first two topics seem to demand a little gossip and rumor but the last one, rural population change, can be supported with local, statewide and even national facts to make a more thoughtful discussion. Granted, this does not usually happen in the coffee shop.

Updated Aug 10, 2016

Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug. 8, 2016 -- Rural Nebraskans continue to be optimistic about their current situation and future, according to the 2016 Nebraska Rural Poll.

     Fifty-two percent of respondents said they are better off this year than five years ago, holding steady from 53 percent last year, the highest proportion in all 21 years of the study, also occurring in 2008. Only 16 percent said they were worse off.

Updated Aug 10, 2016
McCook, Neb. -- Several common themes emerged Thursday night as groups of volunteers gathered to present ideas formarketing McCook and making it a more attractive community for people to call home. The groups have been meeting over the past four to five weeks as part of the Marketing Hometown America program.