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Celebrating 50 Years
Policy has been steady throughout our history
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What's up with the farm bill?
Congress is working on the 2023 farm bill, set to expire on Sept. 30.
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Seventh Generation Award
Jim and Lisa French have dedicated their lives to community, healthy water, soil health, and conservation.
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Lending for expansion
Center staff helped Froylan fund expansion and make upgrades to his granite countertop business.
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Innovative local food access
Danelle Myer turned a vacant storefront into a local food market.
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From the desk of the executive director
Pragmatic approach guides Center's work.

Unapologetically Rural

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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Offering small business and housing loans in Nebraska.
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Loans for small- and medium-sized facilities, resources, advocacy.
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We have programs and resources for beginning, women, veteran, and conventional farmers.
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Find rural analysis on the topics affecting rural communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions? We have answers. Here are some of the more common questions we receive. If you don't see what you're looking for here, please send us an email at

Yes. Our staff host regular videos called "Rural Rapport" that describe our work, and many of our webinars are published online. We even have feature and how-to videos. All clips and full features can be found on our YouTube channel. Click here to watch.

You can donate to the Center in a number of ways.

  • Give online at - either a one-time donation or you can set up a recurring donation.
  • Check out options to give to our Granary Foundation here.
  • You can mail in donations to: Center for Rural Affairs, PO Box 136, Lyons, NE 68038. 

Updates on the 2023 farm bill can be found our farm bill page here. Read up on the Center's priorities here.

Our home ownership loans are from $5,000 to $100,000 and can be used for: purchase of home, owner occupied rehabilitation or renovation, or emergency repair to a property in Nebraska. Visit for more information and to apply online. If you have questions, click here to find your loan specialist.

Our small business loans are only available in Nebraska. Visit to view the types of loans we offer and to apply online. If you have questions, click here to find your loan specialist.

Our Mission

Establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.