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Rural Information Center

The Rural Information Center (RIC) provides services for rural communities, local officials, organizations, businesses and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.

Winter Scenic view of Mt. Hood, Oregon with Mountain Stream - USDA NRCS

Enjoy Rural America this Season

Use this resource to explore rural areas through outdoor recreation, fairs and festivals, farmer markets, local cultural heritage or Main Street shopping.

2017 Wildland fire in California USDA photo by Lance Cheung

Disaster Assistance

Find Disaster Assistance for families, farmers, ranchers, and small businesses. Pet and livestock owner information as well.

Green sign with "Main St" text: Copyright iStock Photos

Rural Environmental Justice Resource Collection

This collection of resources provides links to community tools, funding opportunities, educational/training assistance, and case studies to support rural communities.

Blue puzzle with text "Community" on it. (iStock)

Rural Community Development Resources

Identify development ideas, tools, funding, emergency response, and other resources for your rural community here.

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With a large variety of topics for rural areas available, maintaining detailed information on all aspects of rural life is not practical. For additional help in identifying rural information, please consult the following resources:

  • Just want to browse? See our Search option at the top of the page
  • Funding for your rural project (examples:fire and police departments, rural health clinics, and broadband opportunities), see our Funding Resources page.
  • Information about services in rural areas, see our Rural Citizens Services page for business, education, health and housing information.

*Please note that we do not provide funding, but we can assist in identifying public and private entities that do provide funding opportunities.

Still need help?

  • Ask a Question through our email
  • National Agricultural Library Reference Service: 301-504-5755
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