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Farm Bureau Strengthening Rural America

Rural Development

The American Farm Bureau Rural Development program works to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities by strengthening rural businesses.





2016 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Farm Bureau® Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in business development and agribusiness. These entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 of startup funds. Learn more by visiting the Strong Rural America website.




Patriot Mentors Pilot Project

The Farm Bureau Patriot Mentors Program facilitates educational and professional relationships between military veterans seeking careers in agriculture and experienced farmers and ranchers.

American Farm Bureau is conducting a pilot of the Patriot Mentors program. American Farm Bureau is working with state Farm Bureaus across the country to help build mentor relationships between military veterans and experienced farmers and ranchers. Learn more by visiting the Strong Rural America website.


National Rural Development Survey

AFBF surveyed state Farm Bureau staff involved in rural development activities in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Farm Bureau staff were asked which rural development topics they wanted to receive training in. Click on the report below to learn more.