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Search Results: Rural Development\Ag Finance
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CDFA Food Systems Finance Best Practices Guidebook
Linking development finance and food systems can be a daunting undertaking for any community. Research on the current ecosystem of food systems finance has positioned CDFA to identify key strategies for the path ahead in this work. The Food Systems...
Growing Opportunity: A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming ProgramsMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmer-serving organizations, such as the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and its members to better reach and serve an increasingly diverse farmer and rancher constituency for...
Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic PlanMembers only Login
The Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic Plan provides broad recommendations are coupled with specific, actionable strategies. The implementation of this plan is critical to achieving greater agricultural and natural resource resiliency,...
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...
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...
Maximizing Rural Opportunities for Businesses and Communities in WisconsinMembers only Login
Urban communities like Milwaukee and Madison are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Wisconsin is filled with rural communities and small towns who are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique...
Financing the Local Food System in WashingtonMembers only Login
Mike Lufkin and Bea Covington discuss the local food systems in WA and how it's become a growing challenge. Mike and Bea discuss changes to the way food is reaching consumers and addressing social issues.
Succession Opportunities in Local Food SystemsMembers only Login
Joe Bute, with Hollymead Capital and PittBusiness discuss the importance of recognizing the challenges of the "critical middle" in the regional food system and facing the challenges of ownership change.
A Look at Financing First Time Farmers in IowaMembers only Login
Tammy Nebola from the Iowa Agricultural Development Division of the Iowa Finance Authority discusses farming in Iowa and what it takes to finance first time farmers around the state.
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...
CDFA Texas Webinar: Financing Programs to Support Rural DevelopmentMembers only Login
Urban communities like Austin and Dallas are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Texas is filled with rural communities and small towns who are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique development...
SC Legislative UpdateMembers only Login
Sara Hazzard with SCEDA and Tushar Chikhliker with Nexsen Pruet discuss the latest legislative updates in South Carolina. What development finance topics are being discussed in the statehouse? Is there recent legislation that will have an impact on...
Supporting Rural & Small Town Development in MinnesotaMembers only Login
Urban communities like Minneapolis and St. Paul are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Minnesota is filled with rural communities and small towns who are also in need of financing strategies. A number of creative and...
Idaho Rural MadeMembers only Login
As a part of the USDA's commitment to strengthening rural economies, a state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report has been released for each state. Each state's factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing,...
Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant ProgramMembers only Login
Launched in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) competitive grant program is designed to strengthen Wisconsin's agricultural and food industries. By reducing costs in marketing, distribution, and processing, Wisconsin's food products and local...
Presentation: Rural Financing StrategiesMembers only Login
In this presentation, Gray Smith, President and CEO of the Chester County Economic Development Council, examines rural financing strategies. Aggie Bonds are explained in detail, including eligibility and the application process.
Financing Small-Scale and Part-Time FarmsMembers only Login
This publication explains why many small-scale farms succeed in Pennsylvania. It examines the steps a farmer should take to secure a loan, as well as the major lenders that serve the small-scale agricultural sector.
CDFA-Stifel Webcast: Food Systems Investments Driving New MarketsMembers only Login
The third installment of the CDFA-Stifel Rural Community Development Finance Solutions Webcast Series focused on how food systems investments can be used to drive other markets, benefitting the economy of small and rural towns throughout America.
Growing Investments in Local Food SystemsMembers only Login
Tony Logan, State Director of Ohio Rural Development for the USDA, explains the importance of local and regionalized food systems, in addition to different finance mechanisms through the USDA that benefit local and regional stakeholders.
Guide to USDA Funding for Local and Regional Food SystemsMembers only Login
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition begins this guide with a general overview of the USDA’s structure, followed by descriptions and details of 15 grants and programs that are relevant to local and regional food systems development. Each...
USDA - Your Guide to FSA Farm LoansMembers only Login
USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) published this guide for people who need financial assistance starting, expanding, or maintaining a farm or ranch. FSA provides information on loan programs, requirements, and application process as well as links to...
USDA Rural Development - Rural Business & Cooperative ProgramsMembers only Login
Mark Brodziski with the U.S. Department of Agriculture presents various USDA Rural Development programs and financing mechanisms that can support local food sourcing, vending, and aggregation.
Illinois Finance Authority - Agribusiness Program OverviewMembers only Login
The Illinois Finance Authority provides expert, hands-on support to help Ag businesses get the capital they need for growth. IFA programs are targeted to address the most pressing capital needs in Illinois agribusiness. Use this document to find the...
USDA FSA Microloans Fact SheetMembers only Login
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farm Service Agency created this fact sheet to help beginning, niche and family farm operations understand the Microloan (ML) program. The fact sheet provides information on program overview, eligible uses, application...
Beginning Farmer Bond Program SummaryMembers only Login
The Illinois Finance Authority administers the Beginning Farmer Bond program increasing access to agricultural business for entrepreneurs and new farmers. The program summary provides essential program details.
Ohio DOA Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund BrochureMembers only Login
This brochure provides a comprehensive overview of Ohio Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund which provides loans to all eligible applicants statewide to assist with the creation or expansion of agriculture ventures.
USDA Rural Development 2012 Progress ReportMembers only Login
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture released this report on rural development programs. The report contains program backgrounds and case studies of projects that have had transcending impacts on rural communities across the nation.
Oklahoma State Bond Advisor 2011 Annual ReportMembers only Login
Oklahoma State Bond Advisor released their 2011 annual report with detailed information about bond rating, performance, and projects.
IFA Agriculture BrochureMembers only Login
This brochure from the Illinois Finance Authority provides information on all of the bond and lending tools the state provides to support farmers and agribusinesses.
Next Generation Farmer Loan ProgramMembers only Login
This brochure from Chester County Economic Development Council provides information on the Next Generation Farmer Loan Program for first-time farm buyers.
VT Economic Development Authority 2010 Annual ReportMembers only Login
VEDA's 2010 Annual Report provides a thorough review of the economic development activities of the organization. The report lists projects funded by each program and provides financial details for the organization as a whole.
2011 Aggie Bond LimitMembers only Login
In this document produced by the Office of Chief Counsel (Income Tax & Accounting) you will find the approved 2011 Aggie Bond Limit for first time farmers as well as various other 2011 adjusted revenue items.
Quick Reference to Underwriting Guidelines WHEDA Small Business Guarantee and Agribusiness Guarantee
This chart summarizes the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority's loan guarantee program for small business and agribusiness.
Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund Good Borrower CreditsMembers only Login
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture's Revolving Loan Fund offers Good Borrower Credits for borrowers who meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements are outlined in a fact sheet.
The Power of Technological Innovation in Rural AmericaMembers only Login
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City examined the technological innovation and its influence on economic growth. While it's widely accepted that innovation and entrepreneurship is a key element in economic success, many rural communities feel...
CDFA Spotlight: Beginning Farmer Aggie Bond Programs
This article examines the tax-exempt, beginning farmer agricultural development bond program.
CDFA Spotlight: Aggie Bonds
CDFA Fact Sheet covering the basic overview of Aggie Bonds with resources and links for more detailed information.
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