Rural Development


Senate Appropriators Pass 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 22, 2014

What’s in the Senate bill for beginning farmers, food safety training, sustainable agriculture research, and rural communities?

New Funds Available to Support Rural Economic Development

May 21, 2014

Apply now! $2.5 million in funding available through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

House Subcommittee Passes 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 20, 2014

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund USDA and FDA programs in 2015

Busy Week Ahead for USDA Funding in 2015

May 16, 2014

Next week is a big week for agriculture appropriations.  On Tuesday, May 20, both the House and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees will debate and almost certainly pass their respective agriculture funding bills for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  The full Senate Appropriations Committee will then take up the agriculture appropriations bill on Thursday, May 22.  […]

Funding Available for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

May 6, 2014

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of grants and guaranteed loans for eligible farms and other rural businesses under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014.  Applicants can also apply for a combination grant and guaranteed loan. Under this Notice of Funding […]

Research Awards to Support Rural Communities

May 2, 2014

On April 30, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced more than $12 million in grants allocated to support the economic vitality of rural communities across the country. NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Foundational Program’s Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities […]

Regional Strategies for Rural Development

May 2, 2014

On May 1, 2014, the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation held a hearing entitled The Importance of Regional Strategies in Rural Economic Development.  Chaired by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), the hearing addressed Farm Bill changes encouraging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to prioritize regional approaches to rural […]

Loan Guarantees Link Food Hubs with Consumer Markets

May 1, 2014

On Wednesday, April 30, USDA’s Rural Business–Cooperative Service issued a notice with additional details relating to the availability of federal loan guarantees through the Local and Regional Food Enterprise provision of the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program. The B&I program helps improve, develop, or finance businesses and employment in rural areas by bolstering […]

Funding Available for Rural Cooperative Development

April 29, 2014

On April 29, 2014 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of competitive grant funds to support the development of rural cooperatives.  A total of $5.8 million is available this year for the Rural Coop Development Grant (RCDG) program and an additional $3 million will be available for Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants, […]

Iowan Food Business Takes Root With USDA Loan Guarantee

April 25, 2014

This post is the second in a two-part series highlighting participants in the USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantee (B&I) Program’s Local and Regional Food Enterprise Initiative, a provision of the 2008 Farm Bill championed by NSAC and reaffirmed by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.  The first post looked at financing for a North […]

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