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Search Results: Agriculture Finance
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New State Agriculture Financing Programs and Changes in MinnesotaMembers only Login
New state agriculture programs in Minnesota support first time farmers around the state. Ryan Roles with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rural Finance Authority gives an overview of new programs and changes to the state's agriculture...
Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), a Resource for New FarmersMembers only Login
Andy Wood gives an overview of what the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation is doing to support farmers struggling to obtain financing in Vermont.
The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform CommunitiesMembers only Login
This new publication, entitled "Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities", from the Federal Reserve is designed to highlight the prospects available in the regional food systems sector, advance...
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...
Beginning Farmer Loan "Aggie Bond" ProgramMembers only Login
Tammy Nebola from the Iowa Agricultural Development Division presents on the Aggie-Bond program in Iowa.
New Funding Sources for Food-Related BusinessesMembers only Login
This directory, produced by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, 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...
Rural Development Financing Programs- Texas Department of AgricultureMembers 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 that are also in need of financing strategies. These areas face unique development...
FINE Farm to College Report in New EnglandMembers only Login
This is a Farm to Institution New England report that highlights the data collected from college dining operators in the region. This is the second report in their new series designed to help food system stakeholders understand the impact of...
MN Gov. Mark Dayton Signs Bipartisan $35M Rural Finance Authority BillMembers only Login
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...
NextGen Agribusiness Economic Development StrategyMembers only Login
The intention of this NWC NextGen Agribusiness Economic Development Strategy is to expand the NWC conversation beyond entertainment, competition, and education and into research and innovation.
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...
Administration Transition Paper: Unlocking Development Finance Capital in the United States to Create Jobs & Increase Private Investment
With the 2016 Presidential election finalized, the development finance industry is excited to move forward with recommendations and innovative strategies for unlocking access to capital. The ideas offered in this transition paper provide a roadmap...
MA Local Food Action PlanMembers only Login
We all eat, and therefore we are all important participants in the food system. The choices we make about the food we buy and where we buy it drive production, influence markets, support economies close to Introduction 18 || Massachusetts Local Food...
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...
Healthy Food Financing Initiative 2016Members only Login
HFFI provides one-time grants and loans to projects like grocery stores, farmers markets, food hubs, co-ops and other food access businesses in urban or rural areas of need, many of whom face barriers in accessing traditional loans and resources....
Fixing Food: Fresh Solutions from Five U.S. CitiesMembers only Login
This Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report documents some of the innovative ways that local leaders are combating a broken food system. UCS highlights five urban communities that demonstrate the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of policy...
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 Local & Regional Food EnterprisesMembers only Login
James Barham, Rural Business-Cooperative Service - USDA Rural Development, covers the role of USDA and Rural Development, stages of business development and capital stacking, financing food enterprises example, and USDA resources to support local...
Financing Solutions for Rural Food and Agricultural Systems: Aggie BondsMembers only Login
Tammy Nebola from Iowa Finance Authority covers Beginning Farmer Loan “Aggie Bond” Program from the perspective of the most active issuer of the bonds.
Rural Development's Financial Toolkit
Vince Paumier presents at NCSAFP Annual Conference on USDA Rural Development Toolkit
Pastured Providence Farmstead
Paul Dorrance presents on the Pastured Providence Farmstead at the 2016 NCOSAFP Annual Conference.
Ohio Farm Bureau-Finance Challenges for First-Time Farmers
Brandon Kern from the Ohio Farm Bureau presents on Finance Challenges for First-Time Farmers,
State & Federal Financing ProgramsMembers only Login
Ryan Roles (Rural Finance Authority) discusses the Rural Finance Authority Loan Programs that are available.
State & Federal Financing ProgramsMembers only Login
Richard Gruenes (Minnesota Department of Agriculture) discusses the AgBMP Loan Program.
The Economics of Local Food Systems
This Toolkit reflects the intention of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to expand its current role as a technical assistance provider to food system practitioners, economic developers, and community stakeholders. This Toolkit is designed to...
Update to the RI Food Assessment: 2011-2016 and BeyondMembers only Login
This assessment from RI Food Policy Council describes the then-current capacity of RI’s food system, identified priorities for the RI FPC and other stakeholders working to increase community food security, described the gaps in the state’s food...
USDA Rural Development 2015 Progress ReportMembers only Login
The USDA Rural Development 2015 Progress Report details the tangible results across rural America that stemmed from investments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development team in local businesses, community infrastructure,...
Rural Development Financing in CaliforniaMembers only Login
The USDA's State Director of California, Janice Waddell, examines various best practices used in financing rural development throughout the state.
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, Know Your FundingMembers only Login
USDA Rural Development State Director, Colleen Callahan, presents about food systems and the programs and grants to fund successful food systems in rural America. One of the main programs available is called "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food."
Rural Development MissionMembers only Login
USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director, Janie Dunning, speaks about community economic development, local foods, and bio-economy in the context of rural development in Missouri and the programs, tools, and financial assistance available to...
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)Members only Login
Steve Gerrish, Business Program Specialist, with the USDA Rural Development presents the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and its availability for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.
USDA REAP CA PresentationMembers only Login
Brian Buch, Western Regional Coordinator from Rural Business-Cooperative Service of USDA, presented background, eligibility of REAP program, and success stories.
Local Food Supply Chain Initiative in Southwestern PennsylvaniaMembers only Login
This report by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission looks at research on the supply chain in southwestern PA and suggests potential fixes to some of the issues that have arisen.
Oehler_REAP Guaranteed LoanMembers only Login
Kelly Oehler from USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service illustrated background, eligibility and program of REAP and successful stories.
Rural Energy for America ProgramMembers only Login
Venus Welch-White, PhD, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives an overview of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). She explains the background, eligibility, success stories and the program itself.
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)Members only Login
David Thigpen, Business Program Specialist/Energy Coordinator from USDA Rural Development, presented the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) guaranteed loan program.
REAP Guaranteed LoansMembers only Login
Christine Sorensen, Midwest Regional Community Economic Development Coordinator with the USDA Rural Development discussed an overview, the benefits, and comparisons of the REAP Program.
Local and Regional Food Financing: An IntroductionMembers only Login
Elanor Starmer and Jim Barham of the USDA share the many economic drivers that a local food system can bring to communities as well as the many tools and resources available from USDA.
USDA Rural Development Finance Training Series: Colorado Fresh Food Financing FundMembers only Login
Erica Heller. with Progressive Urban Management Associates talks about programs that have been created at the state government levels to help finance the businesses and stakeholders involved in a food system. She discusses tax credit and loan...
Arizona Rural Made
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 factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing,...
Local Foods, Local Places Initiative Community ListMembers only Login
The White House Rural Council and six federal agencies selected 26 communities to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing direct technical support and expertise to community partners integrating local food systems...
CDFA-Stifel Webcast: Paving the Way to Sustainable Rural Infrastructure and Energy FinancingMembers only Login
The various targeted financing solutions to revitalize rural infrastructure and energy systems is explained in this webcast by Gary Bojes, Ph.D. of USDA, Bennett Johnson III of Ocean's Energy, Andrew Jacob with CoBank, and Christopher Sheehan of...
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