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Search Results: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)
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Recreation Economy at USDA: Economic Development Resources for Rural Communities
USDA’s Forest Service (FS), Rural Development (RD), and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have developed this resource guide for rural communities to identify resources that develop the recreation economy.
American Broadband Initiative - Progress Report June 2020Members only Login
On February 13, 2019, the American Broadband Initiative was launched with the release of the Milestones Report, detailing the Administration’s strategy to drive changes across Federal Agencies to identify and remove barriers to broadband access and...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Financing Rural HealthcareMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we explored financing programs that support healthcare development and showcase successful projects that have increased access to healthcare for rural communities.
CDFA - ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series: Tools, Programs, and Opportunities Within Rural America
During the second installment of the CDFA-ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series, we continued to explore what responses and resources are available to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on rural America.
CDFA - ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series: COVID-19 Response Resources for Local Leaders
During the first installment of the CDFA-ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series, we explored the immediate response and resources at the state, local, and national levels that local leaders can use to reduce the impact of this crisis.
COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and...
ReConnect Program Fact Sheet, February 2020Members only Login
The Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. This fact sheet was...
Strategies for Successful Funding through USDA's ReConnect ProgramMembers only Login
During this webinar, experts from across the country discussed creative solutions for responding to the second round of funding for the ReConnect Program, and attendees learned from the successes of the program thus far.
Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for ApplicantsMembers only Login
The Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities. This is an Applicant Guidance Book for the USDA's Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.
An Overview of Beginning Farms and FarmersMembers only Login
This report uses information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS, 2013 to 2017) to describe the structural and economic characteristics of beginning farms and illustrate how they differ from more...
Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants Members only Login
The Community Facilities (CF) Direct Loan Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the...
Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Beginning and Low-Equity Farmers: The Case of Aggie BondsMembers only Login
Established in the 1980s, the ‘‘Aggie Bond’’ program provides beginning and low-equity farmers with access to capital. The bonds, which pay tax-exempt interest, may be used by qualifying famers for purchases of farm real estate and equipment. The...
Agricultural Lending: Credit to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Is LimitedMembers only Login
Can women and minorities get the loans they need to buy and operate farms? According to USDA survey data, these "socially disadvantaged" farmers and ranchers get a disproportionately small share of farm loans. More detailed information isn’t...
e-Connectivity at USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America
This toolkit presents USDA programs and resources that support broadband e-Connectivity. It aims to help customers navigate the agencies within USDA to find the opportunity that best fulfills their connectivity needs. From grants and loans, to...
The ReConnect Broadband Pilot ProgramMembers only Login
This overview of the USDA's ReConnect Broadband Pilot Program was authored by the Congressional Research Service in July 2019.
USDA Report on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity 2019Members only Login
On April 25, 2017, the President of the United States established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity through Executive Order 13790. The purpose and function of the Task Force was to identify legislative, regulatory, and...
St. Luc's Cultural Immersion Center Roadmap to Redevelopment
This report provides financing strategies for St. Luc's Cultural Immersion Center in Arnaudville, Louisiana. St. Luc's is a proposed hands-on immersive engagement center for Cajun, Creole, and French language and culture.
Local Foods, Local Places ToolkitMembers only Login
Cities and towns across the country are undertaking new initiatives and strengthening current programs that support development and growth of local food systems while reinvesting in downtowns and existing neighborhoods. Strong interest from...
ReConnecting Rural Broadband - Strategies for Funding SuccessMembers only Login
During this webinar, Lindsay Miller, Attorney with Ice Miller LLP, Heather Morgan, Executive Director of Project 17, Ryeon Corsi, Management and Program Analyst at USDA-RD, and Jeff Reiman, Vice President of The Broadband Group discussed creative...
Rural Development's Rural Housing Service ProgramsMembers only Login
Joyce Allen from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides an overview of the multi-and-single-family housing finance tools offered by the USDA at the 2019 CDFA Federal Policy Conference.
Broadband Loan and Grant Programs in the USDA’s Rural Utilities ServiceMembers only Login
This March 2019 report from the Congressional Research Service outlines programs offered by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service that finance rural broadband. These include Community Connect Grants, Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants, the...
New Funding Sources for Food-Related BusinessesMembers only Login
This directory provides an overview of various sources of financing that may be available to food hubs and other food-related businesses. This directory is a partial listing of what may be available across the United States; some examples may not be...
USDA Rural Development: Maximizing Opportunities for Community DevelopmentMembers only Login
Star Magee with the U.S. Department of Agriculture focuses on the financing programs and tools available from federal agencies for housing production and support.
Leveraging Multiple Federal Programs - USDAMembers only Login
Joseph Ben Israel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture presents on the Community Facilities Loan Program.
Financing Hospitals and Health Care Facilities in Underserved Communities - WIMembers only Login
Dennis Reilly with the Wisconsin Health & Educational Facilities Authority (WHEFA) presents on the financing programs they offer and several case studies of Hospitals they have assisted through bond financing.
Access to Capital for Native Communities in ArizonaMembers only Login
Clint Kaasa discusses how the USDA provides financing programs and strategies for Native communities in Arizona and considers how to leverage the available capital for even greater investment.
Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food Investments to Transform CommunitiesMembers only Login
Debra Tropp from the USDA introduces a new publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and USDA entitled Harvesting Opportunities: The Power of Regional Food Systems Investments to...
State and Federal Development Finance Programs-USDAMembers only Login
Industry experts from around the state and from various federal agencies will discuss development finance programs and their potential to spur job creation and growth in the economic development industry.
Financing Programs to Support Rural Development- USDAMembers only Login
Urban communities like Atlanta and Savannah are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Georgia is filled with rural communities and small towns that are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique...
USDA Food System Audio InterviewsMembers only Login
Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan looks back at the start of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative and discusses building local food systems into the USDA culture. David Deloach, owner of Freshfields, talks about operating locally grown...
New Markets, New Opportunities: Strengthening Local Food Systems and Organic AgricultureMembers only Login
The significant and transformative investments USDA has made in rural America since 2009 have strengthened our nation’s economy, our small towns and our rural communities. Today, two-thirds of rural counties have demonstrated job growth and...
USDA: Avita and OH Rural DevelopmentMembers only Login
A look at rural development and community healthcare projects throughout Ohio and how they came to be.
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development: Community Facility LoanMembers only Login
Lorraine Werner, Rural Development Community Programs Director of USDA, discusses the redevelopment finance of a hospital, the South Big Horn Hospital, in rural Wyoming.
USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)Members only Login
Steve Gerrish from the U.S. Department of Agriculture talks about the USDA REAP program which offers loans and grants for farmers and rural small businesses for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
Financing Solutions for Rural BroadbandMembers only Login
John Padalino from Kemp Smith Law talks about financing solutions for rural broadband and the opportunities and challenges that come with it.
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