About the Center for Rural Affairs

We are unapologetically rural. We stand up for the small family farmer and rancher, new business owner, and rural communities.
Declare your pride in small town America!

For more than 40 years, we've been a leading force engaging people to build a better rural future. We live this work. Welcome to our rural revolution.

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It Starts...

We breathed fire and ran on unrefined youthful energy. It was 1973. Our founders, Don Ralston and Marty Strange, captured our early history here (recommended reading!).

We knew that if we wanted federal policy to work for rural Americans, we had to raise our voice. So we opened shop in an old storefront in rural Nebraska and put nose-to-grindstone. We grew a rural grassroots community. We spoke up about corporate wrongs against family farmers. We took rural voices to Washington. 

We believed we would succeed. It was hard work, but our passion kept us standing strong for rural Americans. And now, we’re over 30,000 and growing across the nation. We’re proud of our track record of successes. See a timeline with some of our major accomplishments here.

As long as rural advocates are needed for health care, clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and community development, you can bet we’ll be in the front lines, building a bright rural future.

Make yourself at home and take look around! We look forward to working with you for rural Americans.

About the Center for Rural Affairs Notes

 

Who’s Using the Rural Food Business Growth Helpline?

Last November, with the help of a USDA Rural Business Development Grant, the Center launched the Rural Food Business Growth project providing technical assistance and resources, along with a helpline for rural food growers and food businesses to contact for assistance. This project focuses on five counties in northeast Nebraska: Burt, Cuming, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne.

So, who is using this helpline?

Your support makes our work happen

You did it. Take a look!

We are happy to share four pictures of rural people working with the Center for Rural Affairs  to make small towns more vibrant places. Your support for the Center makes the work pictured here happen.

From small town storefronts to Midwest ranches, and from school cafeterias to the halls of power in Washington, rural people are working everyday to live up to the values the Center stands for.

Thank you for being part of the team that makes it all possible – team rural.
 

Two Farm to School Trainings set

Join us for one of our last two Farm to School trainings.

We promise you won’t go away hungry; you will leave inspired and ready to make some initial first steps to bring the farm to your local school.

Center for Rural Affairs has partnered with UNL Extension to offer six farm to school trainings across the state. We’ve traveled to East Butler Public Schools in Brainard, Wayne Public Schools, North Platte Public Schools and the Nebraska School Nutrition Association Conference held in Kearney.