USDA Announces $1.35M to Support Data-Driven Farm Management Practices
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.35 million in available funding to provide agricultural producers with training and data to strengthen their business management skills.
USDA Announces $12.1 Million to Support Crop Protection and Pest Management
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $12.1 in available funding through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program.
$800K RLF Loan Supports Indoor Farming Project
The City of South Bend conditionally approved $800,000 in Industrial Revolving Loan Fund finance for vertical farm business. The company called Green Sense raised an additional $640,000 during a crowdfunding campaign.
Food Companies Leverage EDA Resources and NJ's Unique Assets to Support Growth
While Grow NJ tax credits have been effective in driving job creation and private investment in the food industry, many companies are growing with support from traditional EDA resources, such as bonds for manufacturers and loans, guarantees and participations provided directly by the EDA or through EDA's banking partners.
KY Incentives Support $50M High-Tech Greenhouse
AppHarvest's 2 million square-foot greenhouse will rank among the world's largest. The company plans to grow fresh vegetables year round for consumption in the U.S. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $2.5 million.
MN Gov. Mark Dayton Signs Bipartisan $35M Rural Finance Authority Bill
Delivering needed assistance to Minnesota's 74,000 farmers, Governor Mark Dayton today signed the bipartisan $35 million Rural Finance Authority Legislation (H.F. 14) into law. The new funding will allow the Authority to continue offering eligible Minnesota farmers affordable financing and terms and conditions not offered by other traditional lenders.
Crowdfund Starts for Urban Farm Resource Center in Detroit
State economic development officials and a nonprofit urban farming group have launched a crowdfunded campaign to turn a vacant Detroit building into a community resource center. The 3,200-square-foot center north of downtown will offer educational programming and event and meeting space.
Minnesota Good Food Access Program Funding Introduced in Legislature
The Good Food Access Program is run by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and was created to provide assistance to increase access to affordable foods in areas of the state currently struggling with a lack of access to grocery stores and other outlets that sell nutritious food.
USDA Awards $500K Through New Behavioral Science Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced two grants totaling $500,000 to help pinpoint motivators that drive farmers to adopt conservation practices and identify the roadblocks that may get in the way.
New Farmer Student Loan Assistance Program in Buffalo
The New York State Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program provides student loan repayments (up to $50,000 over the course of the program) to individuals who obtain an undergraduate degree and commit to operating a farm in New York State, on a full-time basis, for five years.