RBS provides technical assistance to help groups organize and establish new cooperatives and conducts advisory assistance to established cooperatives.
RBS collects, analyzes and disseminates statistical information on rural cooperatives in the United States and its territories.
RBS creates educational materials and conducts workshops about rural cooperatives.
RBS conducts specialized applied research about rural and farmer cooperatives.
RBS publishes the Rural Cooperatives bimonthly magazine that focuses on rural cooperative events and issues of importance nationally and internationally.
Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.