Rural Development


Arkansas Farmer Uses VAPG to Bring Back Heirloom Tomatoes

December 8, 2014

Note: This is the third in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) award recipients.  To read the other blog posts in this series, click here to read about how one organization used a VAPG award to expand online access to healthy food, and here to learn how […]

Local Food System Community Planning Awards Announced

December 4, 2014

On December 3, the White House Rural Council, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies, announced 26 communities in 19 states chosen to take part in the Local Food, Local Places Initiative.  The new initiative provides technical support to help them develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization. […]

White Paper: How the Federal Crop Insurance Program Benefits Mega Farms

December 3, 2014

On December 2, the Land Stewardship Project released the second of three white papers on the federal crop insurance program. This paper is entitled, Crop Insurance Ensures the Big Get Bigger. This paper makes the point that the top 10 percent of crop insurance subsidy recipients took in more than half of all premium subsidies […]

Grant Announcement and Webinar on Co-ops and Local Food

October 27, 2014

Following closely on recent announcements about the Rural Business Enterprise Grant and Rural Business Opportunities Grant awards to support small businesses and economic development in rural communities, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced the latest round of grantees for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program (RCDG) on Friday, October 24.  The timing of […]

NSAC member organizations receive Rural Business Enterprise Grants from USDA

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 50 new Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) for the 2014 fiscal year, including awards for two NSAC member organizations. Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) each received RBEG awards from USDA’s Rural Development agency.  The announcement follows an earlier […]

FarmieMarket Uses Value-Added Producer Grant to Expand Online Healthy Food Access

October 8, 2014

Note: This is the first in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant award recipients. You can buy almost anything online: clothes, books, electronics.  And now, you can add local food to the list. FarmieMarket—an online farmers market in New York’s Capital Region—is bringing local food purchasing into […]

Rural Poverty Rates and Income Improving Slowly

September 26, 2014

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released its report Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013, which showed the number of Americans living in poverty declining for the first time since 2006, but with the poverty rate in rural America still higher than the national level.  While the U.S. Census Bureau report delivers some good news, the lagging […]

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program Awards Announced

September 25, 2014

On Wednesday, September 24, USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien announced $19.8 million in grant and loan funding under the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) to 44 organizations, enabling them to provide microloans and training and technical assistance to rural microentrepreneurs who are seeking to start or grow small businesses and create jobs. These awardee organizations, […]

Three Vermont Projects Receive USDA Grants to Promote Sustainable Agriculture and Local Foods

September 25, 2014

On September 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development agency announced almost $3 million in awards through the Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) and Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) programs to promote sustainable economic development in rural regions. Eleven projects in New York, North Dakota, and Vermont received RBEG funding, totaling $1,258,825.  RBOG funding went […]

Congress Extends 2014 Funding Levels through December 11

September 19, 2014

On Thursday, September 18, the Senate passed a short-term funding extension, known as a “continuing resolution” (CR), to fund the federal government through December 11.  The CR extends fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels as well as policy provisions known as appropriations “riders.”  The House passed this temporary funding measure earlier this week, and the […]

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