MLO, Ops Jobs; Retention, Co-op Products; USDA Rural Conditional Commitments

If you watch the news long enough, you see all kinds of interesting things. Cracker Barrel is adding alcohol to its menu? Yup! And you must watch this clip with Stephen Colbert working out with, and interviewing, the Notorious RBG (“Is a hot dog a sandwich?”) a few years back. We watched Lee Farkas be released from prisonafter only 9 years. What are small independent mortgage bankers, and every other lender for that matter, watching? How about concerns and questions about loans with Agencies’ indemnification/recourse, that are now in forbearance, hitting the 120-day delinquency repurchase trigger? My guess is that details are under review and you should ask your Agency rep for details, but if your net worth is $4 million, and in the next month you receive buyback requests for five loans at $400,000 each, it doesn’t take an HP-12C to calculate what does that does to

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Three rural agencies receive USDA funds to help create jobs | Lifestyles

LINCOLN — The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $231,000 to assist rural businesses with job creation that will enhance economic opportunities, according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development.

“The grants will help to strengthen small emerging rural businesses through working capital that will assist rural communities and build on economic opportunities,” said Karl Elmshaeuser, director of Rural Development. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Nebraska in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Nebraska’s recipients are:

» Center for Rural Affairs — $57,050 — Provide training and technical assistance in Lexington, Madison, West Point and Nebraska City for small and emerging food businesses to assist Latinos develop or start new business enterprises in their community. Workshops

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USDA grant will support Clemson team’s quest to modernize the teaching of soil science

Clemson, S.C. – A team at Clemson University is working to innovate how agricultural colleges incorporate technology into classes fundamental to the educational success of their students.

Elena Mikhailova and Christopher Post, professors in Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, were awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge grant for their idea to adapt technologies used in soil science research for use in teaching soil science to students. Kayla Payne, the college’s director of assessment, will help evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching innovations.

Colorful LiDar image of trees and landscape

LiDAR, which is commonly used to make high-resolution maps, is one technology the researchers will adapt for teaching soil science to students.

Soil science is a fundamental class for aspiring agriculturalists and natural resources managers.  According to the researchers, there is an urgent need to upgrade the level of technology in agriculture and natural resource education to address the rapidly evolving advanced

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