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Crafting our policy priorities from the roots up

Advocating for policy that builds a stronger, brighter future in rural America is no small feat. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we understand that, to craft this future, we must engage with rural people and communities in all aspects of our work. This principle is part of our core values and purpose; it’s why we work – and live – where you do.

Passion for rural entrepreneurs leads to award for REAP 2017 Friend of the Year

Seven years ago, when Sara Bennett began working for Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), she had no idea that her passion for serving rural entrepreneurs would lead to winning an award.

Because of her dedication, Sara has been chosen as the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2017 Friend of the Year. She was recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

USDA extends Water Quality Initiatives through 2023

This July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans to extend two landmark initiatives that have advanced water quality in Iowa. The Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative and the National Water Quality Initiative provide targeted funding and technical resources to farmers and landowners looking to improve their land.

From the desk of the executive director: Growing reach, growing impact

The Center for Rural Affairs makes its home office in Lyons, Nebraska. We built a new office in this northeast Nebraska community of 851 people in 2004.

Since our founding in 1973, putting down roots in a small town in the middle of the country has always been a radical demonstration of our commitment to rural America. Then – and now – rural places face profound challenges. Being part of rural America, and confronting these challenges in our daily life, is truly part of the makeup of the Center.

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