The Rural Poverty Research Center (RPRC), Columbia, Missouri, is expanding research on rural poverty. The RPRC, which seeks to expand interest in collaborative rural poverty research and encourage related funding, sponsored a conference in 2004 to identify a research agenda. The RPRC at The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI; provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. The main aim of RUPRI is to help public policymakers and make them understand the problems of rural areas.

The RPRC was founded in 1990, with the motto to analyze the rural and community impacts of public policy decisions. The main vision of this organization is that rural people and places have the resources and capacities to create strong, viable, meaningful, and ...

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