50 Years! 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rural Development Act. Celebrate with us!

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Western Rural Development Center

At the Western Rural Development Center, we link the science-based research and educational outreach capacity of the region's public universities with communities, local decision-makers, entrepreneurs, families, farmers and ranchers to help address a wide range of development issues.

We bring together the most innovative minds — from inside and outside universities — to address cutting-edge issues without regard to state boundaries. We respond to emerging issues, generate credible science-based information to clarify these issues, and create public-private partnerships to address them.

It is our goal to build regional capacity to help rural communities prosper, thrive economically, and become self-sustaining.