Small Towns

Rural communities hold the keys to survival in their own hands. With help from policies that build on their strengths as desirable places to live and raise families, they can thrive.

Community Development

To thrive, rural communities must invest in themselves and their futures, including rural schools and rural leaders.

Community Food Systems

Local farmers markets, community gardens, and local and regional food systems provide fresh, healthy food for all and keep money circulating in the local economy.

Rural Groceries

Small towns across rural America are losing their grocery stores, and we’re working to help groceries stay around.

Small Towns Notes

 

The Case for Small Schools

Our Small Schools series of articles began as a response to public statements about the need to eliminate small, rural schools. They said small schools are “inefficient,” and take away too many resources (i.e., public aid to education) from deserving larger schools.

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#tbt Defining Moments

Since the founding of the Center for Rural Affairs in the fall of 1973, we’ve seen a lot of history and we’ve made a lot of history. And we’ve experienced our share of defining moments, points in time, decisions, and choices that helped define our organization for years, even decades, to come.

One of those defining moments was the 1982 passage of Initiative 300, Nebraska’s erstwhile constitutional prohibition of corporate farming in Nebraska. Some years back that state constitutional provision was, frustratingly, struck down in federal court.

Unapologetically Rural

Reflecting upon the work of the Center for Rural Affairs, I think it’s an exciting time in rural America, with growing opportunities in sustainable farming, clean energy, healthcare, and small business.

As a new Community Development Financial Institute we’re building capacity to meet growing capital needs of small businesses, and exploring needs in the farm sector and in neighboring states.