Rural Futures Institute

Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Rural Futures Institute mobilizes the diverse resources of the University of Nebraska and its partners to support rural communities and regions in building upon their unique strengths and assets to achieve their desired futures.


eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the best land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out.


The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. We invest in and support initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture.


USDA’s Rural Development is dedicated to improving the quality of life and economy in rural America through homeownership, multi-family housing, water and waste water programs, community facilities, and business and industry, including energy efficiency and value added producer grants.

Affordable Housing Program


The Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) is heralded as a national model for its innovative work in community development philanthropy and for its groundbreaking work in using the intergenerational transfer of wealth to craft community endowment-building goals. NCF empowers community leadership, builds nonprofit capacity and links charitable giving to the creation of greater economic opportunity and prosperity.

Discretion and Community Leadership Development Powerpoint - DEC 2015

Turn Up Your Dream Switch...Brighter! Video


The Nebraska MEP is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. MEP was created in 1988 with the intent of enhancing the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturers.

Nebraska MEP Introduction Powerpoint