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.

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

 

Center for Rural Affairs January and February Newsletter

Thank you, donors. We couldn’t do our work without you. Check out our special insert that includes all of our 2016 donors.

By donating to the Center for Rural Affairs, you take a step toward one of our values, ACTION to shape the future.

In this issue, you can see individuals living this value. You will also read about opportunities to take your own steps toward shaping the future of rural America.

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Annual Report 2016 - It's a 2017 Wall Calendar

Our 2016 annual report is a 2017 wall calendar. This calendar illustrates month-by-month the accomplishments you helped us achieve in the last year. With your help, new immigrants have a stronger sense of home in their new communities, more businesses are open in our small towns, and rural people across the country are making their voices heard. Your donations and your actions helped lift the future of the Center and the people we serve.

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New Year’s resolution: be more efficient and increase capacity

The New Year’s resolution is a common tradition around the world. In the new year, many of us look to our past experiences and strive to better ourselves.

The Latino Business Center is coming into the new year following a very successful 2016. In the fourth quarter of 2016 alone, we placed 22 loans to Latino business owners totaling $342,100. We trained 214 individuals through workshops and roundtables across the state, and provided counseling to 94 clients on 394 occasions. That’s a lot of holiday season cheer.

Dear Mr. President: keep rural America a priority

Dear Mr. President: 

As organizations representing rural America, we look forward to working with your Administration in the coming years to help ensure that all Americans face a brighter future. We also look forward to having Governor Perdue at the helm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), working on behalf of rural America. 

As you witnessed first-hand during the campaign, the issues facing rural America are no less significant than those facing urban parts of the country, but can more easily be overlooked because America’s small towns and rural areas make up just 15 percent of the nation’s population.