USDA announces that rural business development grants are now available

RBC I USDA Rural Development State Director Trudy Kareus announced Friday that the agency is now accepting applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG). This program is a combination of two former programs—the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) and Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG)—and supports activities leading to the development or expansion of […]

USDA hosts energy grant/loan training

RBC I The Meeker Chamber of Commerce has announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) energy grant and loan training session.

USDA opens ag coverage enrollment

RBC I U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced June 18 s eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period has begun and will end Sept. 30.

Farmers reminded they must sign USDA Conservation Certification form by June 1

RBC I The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

USDA wants rural applications for broadband

RBC I USDA Rural Development State Director Trudy Kareus announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is soliciting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Community Connect Program grants, providing funds to establish essential broadband services in rural communities where it is currently not available.

USDA reminder: Acreage reports due July 15

RBC I U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Leland Swenson reminds agricultural producers that July 15 is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops in Colorado.

RBC named disaster area by the USDA

RBC I Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 38 Colorado counties — including Rio Blanco County — suffering from severe losses due to drought as natural disaster areas.

SET meeting works for economy

RBC I More than 40 officials from three counties and three cities gathered in Meeker on April 3, focused on working together to benefit the area with economic development.

Yampa White River region selected for rural program

RBC I USDA Rural Development, in conjunction with the Southern Rural Development Center, CSU Extension, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and El Pomar Foundation, has selected one rural multi-county region in Colorado to be included in a program called “Stronger Economies Together” (SET). The 2013 Colorado selectee […]

$1 million available for conservation grants

RBC — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced the availability of up to $1 million for proposed projects in Colorado through the 2008 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program. Applications must be received by March 31 and are being accepted electronically as well as in written form. Visit […]