The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) works with extension professionals, researchers, and their partners to enhance rural development outcomes in the twelve-state north central region (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). The NCRCRD is jointly funded by the USDA and Land Grant Universities in the twelve-state region. The NCRCRD is part of a group of four centers that together cover the entire United States. The four centers work collaboratively on issues that cross regional boundaries.

The other three centers are:

The Northeast Regional Rural Development Center

The Southern Rural Development Center

The Western Rural Development Center

The NCRCRD works to establish collaborative working relationships across the region to address emerging and continuing issues of interest to rural communities.

MCRSA and the NCRCRD have agreed to partner to enhance research collaborations and connections in the North Central Region. Our current initiative is to encourage graduate student participation in the MCRSA annual conference through the provision of travel grants. Thanks go out to NCRCRD for their generous support.