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NCOSAFP & CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update - December 13, 2016

CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update
December 13, 2016
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NCOSAFP & CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update


Welcome to the Food & Agriculture Finance Update
NCOSAFP in parnership with CDFA is proud to announce the launch of the new Food & Agriculture Finance Update newsletter. This new, free, monthly newsletter will feature news, resources, case studies, and event information focused on the food and agriculture finance industry. Subscribe today for highlights in the food and agriculture finance industry delivered monthly to your inbox. This will be the final edition of the newsletter to be received by our entire network and then only to those who subscribe will continue receiving updates. Sign up today to get the new Food & Agriculture Finance Update.

RLF Supports Ulster County's Food and Beverage Cluster
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein was joined by government officials, local farmers and growers, food distributors, craft food and beverage producers, and representatives from the agri-business sector to support and recognize the growing food and beverage cluster in Ulster County and to announce new financing opportunities.

Good Food Rising - Financing Healthy Food in the School System
For years, school leaders and community activists have been working to improve the food purchased with public dollars. Now advocates have a new tool to help achieve just such a lofty goal: It's called the Good Food Purchasing Policy and after its successful passage in 2012 by the Los Angeles Unified School District and the city of LA, school districts and cities across the country are exploring its possibilities for shaping how public food, like school lunch, is procured.

USDA Awards $6.7M for Research to Support Healthy Agroecosystems
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 18 grants totaling more than $6.7 million for research to discover how components of the agroecosystem, from soil, water, and sun to plants, animals, and people, interact with and affect food production. These awards are made through NIFA's Bioenergy and Natural Resources Program, Agroecosystem priority area of the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).  

USDA Expands P3s to Create Economic Opportunities through Regional Food Supply Chains
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Lillian Salerno today announced three new public-private partnerships that will create economic opportunities in Elgin, Texas; Fresno, Calif.; and Chicago. The Food LINC partnerships will help community leaders and private philanthropic partners develop regional food supply chains that drive job growth and increase farm income while helping to meet consumer demand for regionally produced food.

6 MI Healthy Food Retail Projects Receive $380K in Awards
The $380K in Catalytic Investment Award's were provided by the Michigan Good Food Fund. These awards were designed to catalyze high-impact projects with the goal to grow their capacity to successfully secure financing within the next 12 months.

Fixing Food: Fresh Solutions from Five U.S. Cities
This Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report documents some of the innovative ways that local leaders are combating a broken food system. UCS highlights five urban communities that demonstrate the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of policy makers and community leaders who are implementing programs that help residents grow and sell healthy food, train the next generation of farmers, and bring healthy food to places where people gather.

Healthy Food Financing Initiative 2016
HFFI provides one-time grants and loans to projects like grocery stores, farmers markets, food hubs, co-ops and other food access businesses in urban or rural areas of need, many of whom face barriers in accessing traditional loans and resources. HFFI's P3 model has leveraged an estimated $1 billion in additional grants, loans, and federal tax incentives, including investments from financial, healthcare, and philanthropic institutions.

The Los Angeles Good Food Purchasing Program
In 2011-2012, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council developed the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), an innovative local food procurement policy aimed at building markets for good food to create an equitable food system for all of Los Angeles.

The ReFresh Project
In an effort to support the surrounding community and economy in both the development and implementation of the ReFresh Project, the City of New Orleans provided recruiting, hiring, and training services to ensure a robust local workforce. These efforts helped over 250 residents with job applications and resulted in new jobs for over 175 employees, more than 80 percent of whom are New Orleans residents.

NIFA Announces Funding Available for Organic Agriculture Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced the availability of $17.6 million for research and outreach activities to support the organic agriculture sector. The grants are funded through NIFA's Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, authorized by the 2014 farm bill.

Food & Agriculture Finance News

Tyson Foods Creates Fund to Invest in the Future of Food
Food Business News | Dec. 5 | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance | Innovation Finance

MI Soybean Processing Plant to Receive $14.8M in Tax Breaks
MLive | Nov. 29 | Agriculture Finance | Tax Credits

USDA Awards $9.4M for Safer, More Effective Pest Management
USDA NIFA | Nov. 16 | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

NIFA Grants Focus on Youth Farm Safety and Agricultural Careers for People with Disabilities
USDA NIFA | Nov. 16 | Agriculture Finance

USDA Awards Nearly $1.7M in Grants to OR Agricultural Producers and Small Businesses
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture | Nov. 9 | Agriculture Finance | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

The National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs provides national representation for states that operate finance programs for farmers, ranchers, and the agricultural industry. Organized in 1984, the NCOSAFP is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for sharing ideas and serves as an information clearinghouse for its member state agencies. The Council provides information about state programs on farm finance issues and legislation developing in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Council is involved in the promotion and support of rural economic development programs. For more information about NCOSAFP, visit www.stateagfinance.org.

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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Columbus, OH 43215
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