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CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update - October 13, 2020

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CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update
October 13, 2020
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New CDFA Paper Released! Reframe, Build, and Plan to Restore America's Local Food Systems
CDFA just released the sixth and final publication of the CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series, Advancing Local Food Systems Through Development Finance! Research on food systems finance and leadership with pilot projects has positioned CDFA to identify three key strategies for a comprehensive approach for restoring America's local food systems. Every organization, community, economic development agency, and small business working in the food sector should adopt the Reframe, Build, Plan approach to expand financing and drive capital into the local food system.

CDFA Announces Collaboration with The Ohio State University's Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation
The Council of Development Finance Agencies is honored to announce a collaboration with The Ohio State University's Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) that will provide economic development finance planning services to facilitate new food systems throughout the State of Ohio. This approach will focus on using development finance tools – such as tax-exempt bonds, tax credits, and revolving loan funds – to meet infrastructure, agriculture, and small business needs in support of regional food system innovation.

Hard Truths From a Decade of Investing in Regional Food Systems
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the inequities and fragility of our industrialized food system and accelerated the movement to create strong regional food systems that support local growers, provide food security, give communities agency over their food supply and yield environmental benefits. These systems will remain out of reach, though, unless we address persistent, decades-old structural issues.

What the New HEROES Act Would Mean for Restaurants
After months, Congress has again decided to negotiate a new federal economic relief package. House Democrats introduced their proposal, a new version of the HEROES Act. The $2.2 trillion proposal would provide another round of stimulus checks and increased unemployment benefits. In a new move, it would also incorporate $120 billion in grants for restaurants, bars, and food trucks.

Can Loans Tied to Soil Health Save Agriculture? A New $250M Fund Wants to Find Out
A new investment fund, rePlant Capital, has been formed to help clove the crisis with capitalism by tying interest rates for farm loans to improvements in soil's carbon and water storage as a way to save farmers from the disastrous impacts of climate change. The fund will deploy $250 million to farmers transitioning to regenerative or organic practices, with about $200 million of that going towards loans based on soil health metrics.

Pennsylvania Governor Awards $10M to Fund Access to Fresh Food, COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts in Low-Income Communities
The Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) was funded at $10M through the federal CARES Act and opened in July to for-profit, nonprofit, or cooperative entities including grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores, neighborhood markets, bodegas, food hubs, mobile markets, farmers markets, on-farm markets, urban farms, and food aggregation centers with a direct connection to direct-to-consumer retail outlets.

Tennessee Awards $55M in Relief to Agriculture and Forestry Businesses
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced Coronavirus Agricultural and Forestry Business (CAFB) Fund awards to farm and forestry businesses. TDA established the CAFB Fund with CARES Act resources to help ensure stability of the food supply chain and agribusiness economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

P3 Finances New Composting Facility in Prince William County, VA
A new facility just outside Manassas in Prince William County is expected to extend the life of the county's landfill for 15 years and more than double the county's yearly composting capability for food and yard waste. The new facility, which more than doubles the capacity of the already-running Freestate Farms composting site, is a public-private partnership built by the company on county land but financed by Freestate Farms.

Upcoming Events
CDFA Virtual National Summit: Financing Our COVID Recovery

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Manufacturing Bonds for Disaster Response
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we will look at how IDBs act as a resilient economic driver by financing the manufacturing facilities that stabilize local economies during crises.

Reframe, Build, Plan: Restoring America's Local Food Systems
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM Eastern
CDFA recently released the final publication of the CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series, Advancing Local Food Systems Through Development Finance. Join us for an overview of this publication as we review CDFA's framework for expanding traditional financing and attracting capital to local food systems through the Reframe, Build, Plan approach.

Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse
December 9-10, 2020 - 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse examines the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how investments in that system can drive economic development on a broader scale. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and case study examples that showcase the variety of financing programs.

Food & Agriculture Finance News

Discrimination Has Become a Fact of Life for Black Farmers—That Must End
Fortune | Oct. 12 | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance | Social Finance | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Mascoma's Innovative Loans Brought a Grocery Store — and Banking — to Burlington, VT Old North End 
Seven Days | Oct. 12 | Access to Capital | Food Systems Finance

Food Policy Scorecard Underscores Congress' Failure To Feed Hungry, Protect Workers
Food Policy Action | Oct. 7 | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Food Systems Finance | Legislative | COVID-19

How Businesses Can Fix Our Broken Food System
The Hill | Oct. 6 | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Food Systems Finance | Legislative | COVID-19

Entrepreneur Fund Receives $1 Million
Business North | Oct. 6 | Access to Capital | Food Systems Finance | U.S. Dept. of Treasury CDFI Fund | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs)

North Carolina Announces COVID-19 Assistance for Farmers Markets and Food Hubs
NC Political News | Oct. 1 | Access to Capital | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Food Systems Finance | COVID-19

Racial Equity Firm Funding Grocery Store, Restaurant in Michigan
Grand Rapids Business Journal | Sep. 28 | Access to Capital | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Food Systems Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | COVID-19

Restaurant Owners Seek Help From Congress
Law 360 | Sep. 25 | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Food Systems Finance | Legislative | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Tax Credits | COVID-19

Coastal Enterprises Inc. Receives $300K to Support Equity Investments in Food Businesses
Maine Biz | Sep. 24 | Agriculture Finance | Federal | Food Systems Finance | U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

CDFI Fund Awards $204.1M to Support Economic Growth in Low-Income, Distressed, and Native Communities
CDFI Fund | Sep. 24 | Access to Capital | Economic Development | Food Systems Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Tribal Finance | U.S. Dept. of Treasury CDFI Fund

California Enacts Three Small Business Bills
JD Supra | Sep. 21 | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Food Systems Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | State Finance Program | Tax Credits | COVID-19

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers Impacted by the Coronavirus
USDA | Sep. 18 | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Food Systems Finance | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) | COVID-19

USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Western Wildfires
USDA | Sep. 16 | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Food Systems Finance | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

The Native American Agriculture Fund Distributes $15M to Indian Country
Red Lake Nation News | Sep. 15 | Agriculture Finance | Economic Development | Food Systems Finance | Tribal Finance

Tip of the Iceberg — Opportunity Zone Investing and Produce
The Packer | Sep. 14 | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance | Opportunity Zones

The Next Subprime Crisis Could Be in Food
Financial Times | Sep. 13 | Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Food Systems Finance | COVID-19

Kentucky Agriculture Finance Corporation Approves $892K in Loans
The Lane Report | Sep. 11 | Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs)

Iowa Farmers Face Climate-Fueled Destruction
Civil Eats | Sep. 9 | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Federal | Incentives | Rural Development

USDA Supports U.S. Seafood Industry Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs
USDA | Sep. 9 | Agriculture Finance | Federal | Food Systems Finance | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Lower Interest Rates Available to Finance Farmers in Minnesota
Red Lake Nation News | Sep. 9 | Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | State Finance Program


CDFA Resources

Local and Urban Food Systems: Selected Farm Bill and Other Federal Programs
Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Community Development | Federal | Food Systems Finance | Legislative | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Rural Development | Tax Credits
More than 30 USDA grant and loan programs provide support and assistance for local and urban food producers and producer groups. These grant and loan programs may be grouped into several broad program categories, including marketing and promotion; business assistance and agricultural research; rural and community development; urban and indoor production; nutrition and education; and farmland conservation.

Regenerative Agriculture and COVID-19 Capital Needs
Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Food Systems Finance
Traditional sources of capital ranging from philanthropy to private equity to banking institutions have demonstrated a strong interest in investing in a more diversified, resilient food system. To better understand and capture the capital needs of current operators in the regenerative value chain during the COVID-19 pandemic, Croatan Institute and Thread Fund conducted original research focused on the livestock and grain sectors in the spring and early summer of 2020.

U.S. Agriculture's Opportunities to Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals
Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance
Though challenges exist, there are unprecedented opportunities for U.S. agriculture to collaborate and build on its existing strengths to deliver business value for the sector as a whole while contributing to the sustainable development goals and the improved well-being of people and the planet.

USDA Programs in the Local Food Supply Chain
Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Community Development | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Federal | Food Systems Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Rural Development | Tribal Finance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is committed to supporting robust regional food economies across the food chain. This graphic is designed to be a guide for which programs are best suited for different parts of the supply chain.


The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation's leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing public, private and non-profit entities alike. For more information, visit www.CDFA.net or email info@cdfa.net.


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