Rural Advantage is a Nonprofit Corporation formed under MN Statutes, Chapter 317A on November 13, 2003. Rural Advantage was started to provide a vehicle to continue the 3rd Crop Initiative when the Blue Earth River Basin Initiative [BERBI] discontinued on December 31, 2006.Rural Advantage’s mission is to promote the connections between agriculture, the environment and rural communities in order to improve ecological health, economic viability and rural vitality. Objectives include:
- Advance landscape diversification to improve ecological
health, rural vitality and farm profitability.
- Cultivate a more sustainable approach to agriculture that is diverse, resilient and responsible; and supports natural and agricultural ‘systems’ thinking.
- Foster rural economic development that supports rural families and local communities.
- Promote increased stewardship through education, demonstration and implementation.
Rural Advantage looks forward to working with multiple partners to improve rural opportunities for agriculture, the environment and community.