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Greenhouse to Cafeteria
Does your school have exemplary greenhouse education? Are you located in Nebraska? Become the next award winner.
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Processors recieve grant funding
Recipients can now expand facilities, purchase new equipment, utilize technical assistance, and more.
Ready to start your business?
Ready to start your business?
We offer coaching and financing to help people start or grow sustainable businesses.
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Alternative hive case studies
Seasoned beekeepers, over the course of three years, tested out four alternative bee hives, and compared to the traditional Langstroth hive.
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Book illustrator returns to rural roots
Gris and Lynnette invite children to be creative and make art with a self-directed makerspace.
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From the desk of the executive director
Missing and murdered Indigenous women demand more from us.

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. Apply now.
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Clean energy like wind power creates economic opportunity.
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Specialty crop growers, rural food businesses, farm to school - we have events for you!
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Find rural analysis on the topics affecting small-town America.

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 info@cfra.org.

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 cfra.org/give - 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. 

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 cfra.org/homeloans 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 cfra.org/loans to view the types of loans we offer and to apply online. If you have questions, click here to find your loan specialist.

We have information on setting up your farm business, farm financials, and farm transition finances. If you are looking for land, we keep an up-to-date list of land matching programs across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, we offer beginning farmer and landowner workshops in Nebraska. Visit our farming page for details.

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.