USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development, Including 2012 Farm Bill

  • Realities of Modern Rural Economy

    Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by Jennifer Walsh

    On July 19, NADO Executive Director Matthew Chase posted the article “Realities of Modern Economy” on the Council on Foundations Rural Conference blog.  In his article, Chase commends the concept of a stronger philanthropic presence in small town and rural...

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  • USDA Now Accepting Rural Business Opportunity Grant Applications

    Posted on: July 12th, 2011 by Jennifer Walsh

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced the availability of $2.5 million in FY2011 Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program funds.  The RBOG program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs through provisions of...

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  • Rural America’s Role in the Federal Innovation Agenda

    Posted on: July 1st, 2011 by Matthew Chase

    Rural America’s Role in the Federal Competitiveness and Innovation Agenda By Matthew Chase, NADO Executive Director (Reprinted from AgriPulse blog at www.agri-pulse.com/Opinion-Matt-Chase-01-31-2011.asp (http://www NULL.agri-pulse NULL.com/Opinion-Matt-Chase-01-31-2011 NULL.asp)) Sports fans in the DC area have become all too accustomed to defeatist attitudes...

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  • Rural Industries Can Drive Nation’s Export Agenda, Fuel Local Sustainability and Development

    Posted on: July 1st, 2011 by Matthew Chase

    By Matthew Chase, NADO Executive Director (Reprinted from AgriPulse blog at www.agri-pulse.com/Opinion-Matthew–Chase-03-14-2011.asp (http://www NULL.agri-pulse NULL.com/Opinion-Matthew-Chase-03-14-2011 NULL.asp)) The economies, landscapes, governance structures and demographics of America’s regions remain incredibly complicated and dynamic, especially those with significant urban-rural connections.  This reality was...

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  • Rural Development in a One America Policy

    Posted on: July 1st, 2011 by Matthew Chase

    By Matthew Chase, Executive Director National Association of Development Organizations (Reprinted from AgriPulse blog (http://www NULL.agri-pulse NULL.com/Opinion_Matthew_Chase_06282011 NULL.asp)) What do the White House, Council on Foundations, Farm Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have in common?  All of these prestigious...

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  • Rural Development Discussion for Next Farm Bill

    Posted on: June 21st, 2011 by Matthew Chase

    NADO Executive Director Matthew Chase participated in a special Farm Bill forum held by the Farm Foundation at the National Press Club on June 14. The panel discussion focused on the future of the USDA Rural Development mission area in...

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  • Funding Available: USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program

    Posted on: June 9th, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

    The USDA’s 2011 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) has been announced.  This program is designed to promote the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding direct producer-to-consumer marketing opportunities.  Approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds are available, in grant...

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  • Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

    Posted on: June 1st, 2011 by Deborah Cox

    On May 12, the House Appropriations Committee released the subcommittee draft of the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which was subsequently marked up in the Agriculture Subcommittee.  The agencies and programs in this bill will receive a total of $125.5 billion...

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