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.

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Conservation Programs and Land Stewardship

In this special report, five ranchers share their strategies to successful land management using conservation programs and partnerships. Tree plantings, water placement, controlled grazing, prescribed fire, native species, you'll hear directly from the ranchers who tend the land they love.

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Lock in Your Legacy

Through years of deliberate donations in support of the Center for Rural Affairs, many of you have built your legacy by associating your name with creating a bright and vibrant future for rural America. 

In the last year, Congress has passed two laws to make it easier than ever for you to lock in your legacy. Doing so will ensure your contributions continue to make a difference for our children, our children’s children, and beyond. 

Time to Say Farewell

Good times, bad times, happy times, sad times ... and now, time to say farewell! Today (May 20) marks my last day in the Center for Rural Affairs office as the Senior Policy Associate.

I had the pleasure of working with the Center for Rural Affairs for the past 15 years. I started as an intern, fresh out of college as a non-traditional student.

My Best Decision

A few years back I wrote about “the best $10 I ever spent,” regarding the events that transpired to bring me to work at the Center for Rural Affairs the first time.

In 1996, I paid $10.00 to join a new Iowa organization focusing on the environmental nightmares and loss of family farm hog production that accompany concentrated, industrial livestock production. Since the Center for Rural Affairs was managing their mailing list, I started receiving the Center’s newsletter too.