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Rural Development

Rural Development

The Center for Rural Affairs is committed to rural development on a variety of fronts, ranging from the loans that our small business program administers to rural entrepreneurs, to our advocacy for policy that supports their efforts. Our on-the-ground work in rural development helps inform our fight for policy that supports rural businesses.

Our major focus in federal rural development policy is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). The Center for Rural Affairs successfully fought for the creation of RMAP in the 2008 farm bill. RMAP supports third-party organizations such as the Center in administering small business loans to rural entrepreneurs, and providing other training as needed.

Our overview of RMAP can be found here.

Outside of our policy work, check out the Center’s small business lending program here.

You can read about the Center’s community development work here.