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Not a Traditional Lender
Two main factors contribute to why the Center lends money to those to whom banks would generally not loan money.
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Adding Bilingual Storytime
Farmers market ignites inclusivity and ingenuity within community.
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Rural businesses still find assistance
REAP, familiar across Nebraska for assisting small businesses, is now simply referred to as the Center for Rural Affairs.
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Seriously Thinking About Conservation
Iowa landowner Lee Tesdell invited visitors to his farm to show work between landowner and operator.
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Venture Benefits from Valuable Assistance
Veronica opened salon with help from the Center.

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 loans to select Nebraska entrepreneurs. 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 135, Lyons, NE 68038. 

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.

The logo shape itself resembles an arched window. We are, in effect, looking through this window to rural America—over the shoulders of those who live and work in this place—and sharing their view of what is important to them.

The logo image combines people, community, and natural resources. The raw materials that form the very substance of rural America. There is an interdependent relationship between these components that must be recognized and nurtured to maintain the viability and sustainability of rural areas.

The Center for Rural Affairs is concerned not only with what happens in rural areas today, but in the future. The intergenerational image (father and daughter) speaks to this concern and underscores the fact that decisions we make today will be the heritage we pass along to future generations.

The logo is by no means an idealized view of rural America—nor is it a "hearkening back" to the way things were. Instead, the father and daughter in the image are looking ahead and beyond—envisioning a future in the place they call "home." The road to the horizon also communicates a "looking ahead" and a path to be taken.

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.