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  • USDA Designates Two Wyoming Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Sep 17, 2020

    Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Wyoming counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Campbell and Converse counties who suffered losses caused by recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency l...

  • Still time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Mar 1, 2018

    CHEYENNE, WYOMING – February 27, 2018 – Wyoming farmers, ranchers, land owners, and others who received a form still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has just passed, NASS will continue to accept Census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers and ran...

  • Certified Organic Farming in the Pine Bluffs region

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Sep 28, 2017

    U.S. Department of Agriculture - Locally in the Pine Bluffs area there are approximately 15 certified farms and ranches; including Burns and Albin. 2016 sales of U.S Certified Organic Agricultural Production up 23 percent from 2015. United States Department of Agriculture, regional new release. Sales of organic agricultural continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural... Full story

  • USDA seeks applications for grants to fund broadband in unserved rural areas

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Jan 12, 2017

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah recently announced that USDA is accepting applications for the Community Connect Grant Program for FY 2017. The grants may be used to provide broadband service in unserved, lower-income and extremely rural areas. USDA will give priority to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services, based on requirements that can be found at 7 CFR part 1739. Applicants are encouraged to review the FY 2017 application guide and sample material that is...

  • USDA Announces Farmer Fair Practices Rules

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Dec 22, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) recently announced updated regulations to protect the rights of farmers. The Farmer Fair Practices Rules target the most harmful practices hurting farmers and clearly outlines common sense protections to restore fairness and reduce the burden for farmers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act. This is the most recent action in the Obama's Administration's efforts to level the playing field for all Americans. "For years, American fa...

  • USDA announces $8.4 million to support a diverse next generation of farmers and ranchers

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Jul 7, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $8.4 million in competitive grants to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal and Veteran farmers and ranchers. USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, is administered by the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO). "Diverse experiences, background and education are vital to a healthy...

  • USDA helps rural Wyoming recover from flooding

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Jul 7, 2016

    In June 2015, the town of Lusk was devastated when a thunderstorm dumped six inches of rain that washed out a bridge and flooded surrounding homes and businesses. Ervin Cox, a United States Marine Corps veteran and retired plumber, and his daughter Dixie Blaney, a former dispatcher with the sheriff’s office, were at home at the time when the floodwaters began rising into his mobile home at a rapid pace. "I’ve never seen water come up that high and that fast in my 45 years of living here,” Cox said. “It was over the top of Dixie’s electric wheel...

  • USDA lowers cost to refinance rural housing loans

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Jun 16, 2016

    USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez announced a series of changes last month that will make it faster and cheaper for homeowners to refinance USDA mortgages. "These changes reaffirm the Obama Administration's commitment to middle-class Americans, and I am pleased that we continue to provide affordable housing to support thriving economies in rural communities," Hernandez said. "Helping homeowners refinance their homes to reduce their monthly payments and take advantage of low interest rates will bring increased capital to...

  • USDA Seeks Applications for $5.8 Million in Grants to Provide Development Support to Rural Cooperatives

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Mar 31, 2016

    Agriculture Under Secretary Lisa Mensah today announced that $5.8 million in competitive funding is available to help start, improve or expand cooperative businesses in rural areas. “Cooperatives have long been a key resource for small and midsized producers working together to access new markets or to market value added products,” said Mensah. “This funding helps them continue their crucial role supporting farmers and other businesses that create jobs, provide services and improve the quality of life in rural America.” The Rural Coopera...

  • USDA Seeks Applications for Loans and Grants to Help Grow Rural Businesses and Spur Economic Development

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture|Mar 24, 2016

    Rural Business Cooperative-Service Administrator Sam Rikkers today announced that USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural businesses. In Nebraska, a $300,000 grant awarded last year to Central City through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program will be used to establish a revolving loan fund. The initial loan from Central City to Merrick County Entertainment Corp will construct a new energy efficient 9,800 square foot community cinema complex. USDA funds will as...