Rural Development


4 Important Policy Decisions that Will Impact Farmers, Food, and the Environment in 2015

September 5, 2014

Congress will return to Washington, D.C. next week after more than one month away during the August recess.  One of the few things on their legislative agenda before they break again in October is to pass a government funding bill to keep the government open beyond the end of the fiscal year (FY) on September […]

Farmers and Ranchers Awarded Value-Added Producer Grants

August 20, 2014

USDA announces $25 million in grants to support farmers and ranchers in developing or expanding value-added businesses and markets.

Release: Grant Awards for Farm Business Development Announced by USDA

August 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eugene Kim, Ferd Hoefner, 202-547-5754 Grant Awards for Farm Business Development Announced by USDA Washington, D.C., August 19, 2014 – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that over 247 farm businesses from 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Micronesia will receive $25 million in grants from the 2014 round of the Value-Added Producer […]

USDA Announces Microenterprise Training Awards

July 31, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, USDA announced that it has provided $300,000 in grant funding to each of 10 organizations to provide training and technical assistance to rural micro-entrepreneurs who are seeking to start or grow rural small businesses.  The $300,000 is carry-over funding from previous years, not to be confused with the $1.5 million in […]

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 […]

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