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CDFA Food and Agriculture Finance Update
June 12, 2018
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CDFA Food & Agriculture Finance Update


How KS is Using Regional Food Demand to Revitalize Rural Communities
This report, by Bob Heuer and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, details how Kansans are leveraging the growing demand for local/regional food produce to revitalize rural communities and strengthen family farms.

Birmingham, AL Approves $100K for New Farmers Market
The Birmingham City Council has voted to appropriate $100,000 for the Healthy Food Financing grant- money that will go toward erecting an open air farmers market at the downtown intermodal facility.

Vermont Farm Fund Lends Over $1M
Originally founded by Pete's Greens and the Center for an Agricultural Economy in 2011 in response to Tropical Storm Irene, the Vermont Farm Fund has grown to provide not only emergency loans to farmers who have experienced a fire, flood or storm, but also to help food-related businesses grow and expand.

$100K in Catalytic Investment Awards Announced By MGFF
The Michigan Good Food Fund is offering $100,000 in new Catalytic Investment Awards to grow Michigan food businesses. Awards will be announced mid-June.

New Low-Interest Loan Approvals Will Support PA Family Farms
The funding, approved through the First Industries program, will assist farmers with construction costs, help farmers start businesses, and enable them to acquire land to facilitate expansion. The First Industries program represents an important tool to support Pennsylvania's agricultural sector and help individual farmers across the commonwealth.

Farmers and Food Banks Reaping Rewards from Tax Credit
Approved growers are entitled to a state tax credit of up to 30 percent of the fair market value of a donation, not to exceed $5,000. The maximum amount the credit allows for all qualifying taxpayers is limited to $250,000 per fiscal year.

New Food Distribution Center Planned in San Antonio
H-E-B plans to build a new facility that will be used for distribution, manufacturing and food processing on San Antonio's East Side. The City Council is set to vote on whether to waive up to $1 million in development fees and up to $500,000 in San Antonio Water System water and sewer impact fees.

Upcoming Events

CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
June 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM Eastern
In this webinar, experts on USDA financing programs will be on hand to discuss the myriad rural development finance programs offered by the USDA, as well as how rural communities can effectively access and deploy USDA grants and loans. The focus of the webinar will be on the Community Facilities (CF) Program, the Rural Energy for America Partnership (REAP), and Rural Business Development Programs.

Food & Agriculture Finance News

Dane County, WI, Providing Funding for Food Access
Madison365 | Jun. 12 | Food Systems Finance

Development Authority of the North Country Receives $500K for Farmer Certification
The Post Star | Jun. 12 | Food Systems Finance | Agriculture Finance

Local Food Partnership Launched in Portland, ME
Keep Me Current | Jun. 11 | Food Systems Finance | U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Greenhouse Crops Will Come From A Former Brownfields Site
WAMC | Jun. 4 | Agriculture Finance | Brownfield Financing | Food Systems Finance | Food Systems Finance\Case Studies

House Farm Bill Fails As Conservatives Revolt Over Immigration
NPR | May. 18 | Legislative | Food Systems Finance | Agriculture Finance

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