Institute for Rural America

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The Institute for Rural America is a multi disciplinary organization of people who support the ideals embodied in rural Americans, their way of life, their values and philosophies. We value the strength of character found in those “rugged” individuals who carved out life on the fields and plains of our land. And we honor and respect the individual freedoms on which our country was built.

As part of our mission, we strive to provide opportunity for rural Americans through initiatives and round table forums where people can solve their own problems by achieving consensus among individuals and groups; by creating cooperative initiatives, new alliances and new ventures. We hold to no political agenda or political philosophy.

We believe in the freedom and strength of the individual and the opportunities that can be created when individuals form working relationships and new business and organizational initiatives.

Mission Statement: The Institute for Rural America promotes opportunity for independent farmers and rural communities through education, research, advocacy and service.


The Institute for Rural America is a nonprofit charitable 501c3 organization.

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Institute for Rural America
P.O. Box 566
Ames, Iowa 50010
800.858.6636