Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) & Land-Grant Universities (LGUs) Investments in Rural America

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The RRDCs, established through the Rural Development Act of 1972, have been building capacity in rural places alongside the nation’s Land-Grant University system for more than 50 years. The Centers link research with outreach in the areas of rural economic development, forming a one-stop-shop connection to the nationwide network of land-grant college and university researchers, educators, and practitioners. The RRDCs’ work intersects with the USDA priority areas in the following ways:

  1. Responding to Climate Change
  2. Contributing to the Development of More and Better Markets
  3. Understanding and Improving Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Centering and Promoting Equity, Access, and Opportunities