Rural Policy
Action Report

Call to Action for the Progressive Movement

The Rural Policy Action Report outlines specific investments, policy improvements, and regulatory reforms to improve the lives of people in small city, town, and rural communities. These recommendations are winnable and popular priorities for 2021 – 2023 that help address the challenges for people living in rural America.

Updated and Expanded for 2022

The report now includes state policy resources, including deeply researched policy examples. We’ve also added context and framing for each of the policy recommendations.

Policy Priorities

End Historic Discrimination

Invest iN Rural communities

Rein in Corporate Monopolies

Build sustainable ecoNomies

Insights about Rural Americans

Coalition and Convenings

The Rural Democracy Initiative (RDI), Family Farm Action, and RuralOrganizing.org collaborated to organize and co-host the 2021 virtual rural policy summit. We engaged rural advocates from across policy sectors and around the country to hear about their experiences working in rural communities. The summit established the key challenges and priorities for rural communities as well as top federal policy priorities.

In 2022, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) worked with RDI and dozens of rural groups to add state-based policy recommendations.

2021 Summit Co-Hosts

Federal Report Calling for Action

Federal Report Contributors

Contributing organizations provided important ideas in their policy area of expertise but may not have positions on every aspect of the report.

With Support From

2021 Federal Report