Center for Rural Affairs

We breathed fire and ran on unrefined youthful energy. It was 1973. We knew that if we wanted federal policy to work for rural Americans, we had to raise our voice. So we opened shop in an old storefront in rural Nebraska and put nose-to-grindstone. We grew a rural grassroots community. We spoke up about corporate wrongs against family farmers. We took rural voices to Washington. We believed we would succeed. It was hard work, but our passion kept us standing strong for rural Americans. And now, we’re over 30,000 and growing across the nation. We’re proud of our track record of successes. As long as rural advocates are needed for health care, clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and community development, you can bet we’ll be in the front lines, building a bright rural future. Make yourself at home and take look around! We look forward to working with you for rural Americans.

Company details

145 Main St , PO Box 136 , Lyons , Nebraska 68038 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Agriculture
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

This company also provides solutions for environmental applications.
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We are unapologetically rural. We stand up for the small family farmer, new business owner, and rural communities.

For over 40 years, we've been a leading force engaging people to build a better rural future. We believe that where you live shouldn't determine your access to opportunity, education, and health. That's why we take rural voices to Washington, and we don't back down until we see that policies reflect the needs of all rural citizens. We live for this work. Welcome to our rural movement.

It Starts...

We breathed fire and ran on unrefined youthful energy. It was 1973. Our founders, Don Ralston and Marty Strange, captured our early history here (recommended reading!).

We knew that if we wanted federal policy to work for rural Americans, we had to raise our voice. So we opened shop in an old storefront in rural Nebraska and put nose-to-grindstone. We grew a rural grassroots community. We spoke up about corporate wrongs against family farmers. We took rural voices to Washington.

We believed we would succeed. It was hard work, but our passion kept us standing strong for rural Americans. And now, we’re over 30,000 and growing across the nation. We’re proud of our track record of successes. See a timeline with some of our major accomplishments here.

As long as rural advocates are needed for health care, clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and community development, you can bet we’ll be in the front lines, building a bright rural future.

Make yourself at home and take look around! We look forward to working with you for rural Americans.

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. 

Our Values

Since its inception, the Center has resisted the role of advocating for the interests of any particular group. Instead, we have chosen to advance a set of values - values that reflect the best of Rural America. Ultimately, we believe it is in the interest of all to create a future reflecting those values.

We value:

RESPONSIBILITY placed upon each of us to contribute to our community and society. 

CONSCIENCE that balances self-interest with an obligation to the common good and future generations. 

PROGRESS that strengthens rural communities, small businesses, and family farms and ranches. 

Genuine OPPORTUNITY for all to earn a living, raise a family, and prosper in a rural place. 

Citizen INVOLVEMENT and ACTION to shape the future. 

Widespread OWNERSHIP and CONTROL of small businesses, farms, and ranches by those who work them.

FAIRNESS that allows all who contribute to the nation's prosperity to share in it.

STEWARDSHIP of the natural environment upon which all of us - current and future generations - rely. 

We live in an era of profound change - when institutions, policy, and life are being fundamentally reshaped. It is a critical time for people of conscience to work together in guiding change to reflect our highest values. To that we commit the Center for Rural Affairs.