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NCOSAFP & CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update - January 17, 2017

CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update
January 17, 2017
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NCOSAFP & CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update


USDA Invests $225M in Innovative Conservation Partnerships
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 88 high-impactprojects across the country will receive $225 million in federal funding as part of the USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices around the country to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.

OR Community Foundation Awards $20K Grant to Food System Network
In November, The Oregon Community Foundation Board of Directors approved $154,000 in grants to Central Oregon nonprofits, including a $20,000 grant to Oregon Community Food System Network to deliver training, program coordination, and capacity-building support to a network of organizations to address farm and food issues statewide.

NIFA Announces $5M in Funding for Food, Energy, and Water Research
The $5 million will be used for research to better understand how food, energy and water systems interact, and how they can be sustained. This funding is made available through a federal research partnership between NIFA and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

A Last Minute Gift for Urban Agriculture from OH's Longest Serving Representative
As the 114th Congress winds to a close, Representative Kaptur has one final gift for the urban agriculture community– on December 8, 2016 Rep. Kaptur introduced H.R.6481, the Urban Agriculture Production Act of 2016.

USDA Announces $5M in Funds for Smart Technology Innovations in Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of up to $5 million for research to strengthen the science behind the next generation of internet-connected agricultural implements and resources through the Cyber Physical Systems program.

NY Awards $27M to Spur Agriculture-Related Industries
New York's Regional Economic Development Council has awarded nearly $27 million to support the growth of agricultural, food and beverage industries.

USDA's Farmer Fair Practice Rules to Cost a Minimal $144M Over 10 Years
USDA has taken the historic step of issuing three rules that will begin to bring some fairness and order to the poultry and livestock industries, with a particular focus on farmers growing under contracts with the big meat and poultry processing corporations.

2016 Farm Sector Income Forecast
USDA's 2016 Farm Sector Income Forecast report.

MN Agriculture Department Awards Funds for Food Study
The MDA recently awarded a grant for a study involving Mankato's site. The hub's former business planner/grants writer Jim Gehrke of Northfield is the recipient of a $100,000 Speciality Crop Block Grant. His grant is part of $1 million in funding designated for specialty crop growers.

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Oregon County Designated Agri-Ready
AreaWideNews | Jan. 11 | Agriculture Finance

$85K LSA Grant Supports Trinity Farming Venture
Observer-Reporter | Jan. 9 | Food Systems Finance

MDA Grants Fund Specialty Crop Projects
Minnesota Department of Agriculture | Jan. 5 | Agriculture Finance | Innovation Finance

National Western Center Will Establish CO as a Food Nexus
Colorado State | Jan. 5 | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance

CDFA and NCOSAFP Introduce Food and Agriculture Finance Newsletter
CDFA | Dec. 24 | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance

NC Senator Seeking Grant Money from Program He Created
WRAL | Dec. 22 | Agriculture Finance | Legislative | State Finance Program

$100M NC Facility Will Produce Natural Gas out of Swine Waste
The Courier-Tribune | Dec. 20 | Agriculture Finance | Energy Finance

Editorial: U.S. Farm Policy Already Favors Big Business, How Will This Change Under Trump?
Civil Eats | Dec. 19 | Agriculture Finance | Food Systems Finance

City Hall Uses P3 Financing to Incentivize Grocery Store in Food Desert
The Dallas Morning News | Dec. 14 | Food Systems Finance | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | Urban Development

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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