Thankful for 2010, Hopeful for 2011

2010 was an historic year. America began inching out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression; the Center for Rural Affairs kicked off a major initiative to help the next generation of family farmers and ranchers; USDA's Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program was finally launched, providing a crucial investment in rural entrepreneurial and small business development; we're in a pitched battle with big meatpacking corporations over livestock market reforms that protect the rights of family farmers and ranchers; and the Affordable Care Act passed in March.
The Center for Rural Affairs continues to be the preeminent voice for rural America's family farms, ranches, mainstreet businesses and small towns on these issues and more.  We began 2010 with great hope, especially for rural America, while few others gave rural America much thought at all.

And we're going to confound expectations again in 2011.  For nearly 40 years we've stood up for rural America... not just when it was easy, not just when it was popular, but more importantly, when it was hard.

During the holiday season we are all given the opportunity to reflect on the twilight of one year and the dawning of the next, and given the chance to set our sights on great things for our families, our communities and all of America, rural and urban alike.  If you'd like to know more about how you can be part of the Center's efforts or support our work contact us at (402) 687-2100, or

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