Welcome to The Center for Rural Policy and Development

Our website is the gateway to all of the Center’s research, publications, the Atlas of Minnesota Online, Rural Minnesota Radio, and the Rural Minnesota Journal. For more information on the Center, check out our Contact page. We welcome your questions and comments.

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In the News

Two new reports: Immigrant farmers and shared services

Two new studies are available on our web site: The Continuing Education Needs of Immigrant Farmers, examining what the state’s newest farmers want and need in continuing education, and Identifying Best Practices for Collaboration, a look at shared services projects around the state and makes them work — or not work. Click here to learn more.

Rural Minnesota Journal, spring issue

The spring issue of the Rural Minnesota Journal is online now. This quarter’s issue looks at the question of “Who owns rural Minnesota” with four articles, two on the CapX2020 powerline project and its impact on land and landowners, and two on the impact of scientific research on rural MN’s—and the state’s economy—and its potential for the future. Click to read.

The State of Water

This newest article takes a look at the complex relationship between rural communities and one of our state’s most precious resources—water. Click here for the full article and infographic.

Who Owns Rural Minnesota?

The Rural Minnesota Journal 2014 is all online now. Throughout the year we’ll be addressing the question “Who owns rural Minnesota?” The first quarter’s issue is here, addressing the topics of mineral rights and forestry.

The Center has moved!

As a statewide organization, our first priority is serving the entire state. That’s why the Center is turning to virtual offices. The city of St. Peter has been a great host for the last ten years, but with the amount of time staff spent in the office, it didn’t make sense anymore to keep a permanent location. So we’ve bid St. Peter farewell and have moved to virtual offices as of the beginning of the year. Click here for the press release, and find our new contact information at the top of every page and on our Contact page.


Field with Sunrise

Check out Rural MN Radio on our blog site, ruralrealitymn.org.

We’re posting our new radio shows and Center news and notes there. You can still find our older shows and all our research here on our web site, including the Rural Minnesota Journal.

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Finding the Voice of Rural Minnesota

Rural Minnesota is losing its voice. That’s the conclusion of “Finding the Voice of Rural Minnesota,” a study that found the state’s rural population is becoming increasingly left out and left behind on the discussions that affect our everyday lives. Click here to view the entire report.

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