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Rural Development



The mission of the Louisiana Tech Rural Development Center is to:

1. use the resources of the public university system to improve rural communities in Louisiana; and

2. provide information and technical assistance to Louisiana's rural leaders on a wide variety of issues.


Current News

The Center and the School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry is looking for a new director and professor of Agricultural Business.

New State of Louisiana Services Directory is available on the Publications page.

New volume of Rural Louisiana available in Publications: The Effect of Social Capital on Rural Communities by Amy Buser, Ph.D.

Check below: New Facebook page and Home Page for Agricultural Sciences, which has merged with Forestry to become the new School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry at Louisiana Tech.

About Us

The Louisiana Tech University Center for Rural Development was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents in 1994 to provide a central point of contact in the State of Louisiana for university-based research and outreach relevant to rural communities. It is housed in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Louisiana Tech University.

1. The Center responds to inquiries from the public regarding sources of technical assistance, data, grants and loans, and state and federal programs for rural development projects.

2. The Center provides outreach and training to the public on rural development issues. This is done through its newsletter, Rural Louisiana, its website, other publications, conference presentations, workshops, and trainings.

3. The Center encourages and assists researchers at LA Tech University to both develop and to collaborate in projects that will benefit rural communities. In this work the Center's staff (a) identifies sources of funding, (b) assists in the development of proposals, (c) connects faculty and staff to rural community partners, (d) provides use of technology such as digital cameras, scanners, and other resources to aid projects, and (e) provides technical assistance to projects.

4. The Center undertakes research and projects relevant to the needs of rural communities in Louisiana.


Contact Information

Mail address:
Louisiana Tech Rural Development Center
PO Box 10198
LA Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272
(318) 257-3275


Street address:
Louisiana Tech Rural Development Center
Reese Hall Rm 101
LA Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272
(318) 257-3275


Campus mail address:
Campus Box 45


(318) 257-3275 

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