Food 21 - Controlled Environment Agriculture
Food21 is a comprehensive initiative led by Peoples Energy to develop a network of commercial scaled Controlled Environment Agriculture facilities. These facilities will be hubs for year-round production of a variety of vegetables, fruits as well as fresh fish. Join CDFA in Dallas, Texas for the 2018 National Development Finance Summit as we explore this forward thinking initiative.
Ag Study Funded by USDA Demonstrates $21.4M Ecosystem Benefit
The USDA funded a $260,398 study for the partners to generate a new, more comprehensive form of impact reporting for agriculture, encompassing biophysical and, for the first time, ecosystem service value metrics. The results illustrate the profound impact of management practices on the ecosystem service value provided by farms.
Dozens of USDA Programs in Limbo as Farm Bill Expires
39 programs funded by the USDA are in limbo after the Farm Bill expired. Notable programs affected include the Rural Microentreprenuer Assistance program, Agricultural Product Market Development Grants, and the Small Watershed Rehabilitation program.
VEDA Approves $7.4M in Business Development Financing
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $7.4 million in financing to support manufacturing, agricultural, small business and energy development projects throughout Vermont.
OR's Bovine Manure Tax Credit Isn't the Only "Crappy" Credit That Exists
Last fall, Oregon enacted the Bovine Manure Tax Credit, which offers bovine manure producers and collectors a tax credit for each wet ton of manure collected to be used as a biofuel or to produce a biofuel. Even though it may seem dirty, it appears as though manure is making a name for itself when it comes to clean energy credits.
AK Governor Signs Bill to Increase Fishing RLF Loan Limits
House Bill 56, primarily sponsored by Rep. Dan Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, rewrites sections of the state's Commercial Fisheries Revolving Loan Program to change the cap on allowable amounts of certain types of loans. Fishermen who want to buy individual fishing quotas, or IFQ, limited entry permits or gear can now borrow up to $400,000, an increase from $300,000.
New $5M Grant Program Will Support PA Dairy Industry
Governor Wolf has announced the availability of $5 million in grant funding to help Pennsylvania dairy farmers overcome challenges and capitalize on new opportunities. This historic funding, made available for the first time under the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, is the most recent of several initiatives from the Wolf Administration to support Pennsylvania's dairy industry.
Ripe.io and Its 'Blockchain of Food' Secures $2.4M in Funding
Ripe.io wants to use blockchain technology to transform the food industry, and it just received a major influx of cash to do it. The agritech startup just secured $2.4Min financing from investors including a Chicago-based food innovation hub.