Our mission is to conduct research and outreach to maintain the social and economic vitality of rural communities. 

Did You Know?

1.5 Million

people live in rural Wisconsin


per capita income in rural Wisconsin


farms in wisconsin

Wisconsin Rural Partnerships Institute Projects

The USDA NIFA-funded Institute for Rural Partnerships housed at UW–Madison, Auburn University and the University of Vermont, collaborates with community-based initiatives and local research, educational institutions and subject matter experts.

It is inspiring to see UW experts from many disciplines throughout the university focusing on problems facing our rural communities.

Dean Glenda Gillaspy

Our Research Supports Wisconsin Communities