The Institute for Rural America has a technology initiative focusing on information distribution for research and education using the World Wide Web. In approaching this area, the Institute identified core issues of focus:

  • trends & changes in the US meat industry
  • global food & agricultural trade
  • the livestock markets in an era of consolidation & change

The goal of the Institute in addressing these issues is not to set policy or regulation.  Our goal is to inform, educate and provide open forums of dialogue about the changing world of food and agriculture.  Because of that, we focus on a broad range of aspects in and throughout the food industry.

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Change creates challenge and opportunity.  Often it creates confusion and uncertainty. Almost always there are winners and losers.

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Today itís more important than ever to understand our food supply, the agricultural markets, producers, processors, marketers, distributors, retailers and the confluence of global market conditions and trade rules that affect what we eat.

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Institute offers College Scholarship

The Institute for Rural America offers the Charles Skorupa Memorial Farm Scholarship. Our scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend an accredited post-secondary school in an ag-related field. The amount of the scholarship is $1,000. Recipients will be selected on the following criteria:

- Academic performance, career goals and involvement in agriculture, as well  as ag- related clubs and organizations.
- Applicant must be a student enrolled as
- Senior in good academic standing in an accredited high school program

Click here to download application (PDF).