National Center for Appropriate Technology

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The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is an American organization headquartered in Butte, Montana, that is dedicated to appropriate technology and sustainability. Projects specifically deal with sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture and food, sustainable living, farm energy, and climate change.

It carries out projects within the United States, especially in poor rural areas. It has regional offices in Davis, California, Fayetteville, Arkansas, San Antonio, Texas, Des Moines, Iowa, Jackson, Mississippi, and Forty Fort, Pennsylvania.[1]

Its headquarters is located in the former Silver Bow County Poor Farm Hospital, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Not to be confused with Attra.

NCAT operates ATTRA (, a national sustainable agriculture assistance program. It shares technical information and facilitates networking (personal/business) to help local farmers succeed. Its name was originally an acronym for "Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas".

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