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Your support makes our work happen

You did it. Take a look!

We are happy to share four pictures of rural people working with the Center for Rural Affairs  to make small towns more vibrant places. Your support for the Center makes the work pictured here happen.

From small town storefronts to Midwest ranches, and from school cafeterias to the halls of power in Washington, rural people are working everyday to live up to the values the Center stands for.

Thank you for being part of the team that makes it all possible – team rural.
 

Colorado Farm Opportunity

A farmer and longtime friend of the Center for Rural Affairs is retiring from his farm and ranch operation in the dryland area of Montezuma County, Colorado.

The seller is interested in transitioning the farm to a beginner. The seller is willing to offer favorable terms to a buyer who is aligned with the seller on values and vision for the farm.

World-Class Vinegar in a town of 150

George Johnson makes world class vinegar in the small town of Cody, Neb. George’s story is a powerful example of how the values that our work stands on can lead to vibrant small towns.

I was lucky enough to visit George and his wife Karen on a recent trip through the Nebraska Sandhills. I stopped over for con­versation and lunch in the com­munity of 150 people they call home.

Premature Deaths on the Rise in Rural Areas

Where you live should not determine how long you live. New research shows it does.

Americans have enjoyed increasingly longer lives over time. Advances in medicine, a decline in fatal car accidents, and falling violent crime rates mean we are living longer.

But new research shows a reversal of this trend for some. If you are rich, geography doesn’t matter. Your expected lifespan is still increasing. But if you are poor, geography matters. In parts of the country we see an actual reversal of the trend.

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