Rural Development

The needs of rural America are unique to those of suburban and urban area. Emphasis is needed on providing the necessary resources for rural areas to create jobs and prevent losses in agriculture production and from increasing efficient competition. Success of economic development in rural areas will be dependent upon assistance provided by federal and state governments.

Development of economically viable access to internet connections rural communities is important to ensure that farmers and ranchers have the proper tools to succeed in the expanding global market place–which is increasingly becoming more competitive.

  • 12/20/2016
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently released the final year-end report of the Obama administration's results creating jobs and investing in rural communities nationwide.

    "USDA Rural Development has measurably improved the lives and livelihoods for millions of rural Americans ...
  • 10/04/2016
    Secretary Vilsack announced this week a new jobs program that will use the national apprenticeship system to hire new employees as agricultural commodity graders, a key role in USDA’s mission to protect American consumers. The new program will also serve as a way to increase jobs for U.S. ...
  • 05/03/2016
    USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) announced three upcoming applicant informational webinars for the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP).  The VSGP is authorized by  Section 7104  of the  2014 Farm Bill  and received a first-time ...
  • 04/19/2016
    USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) announced three upcoming applicant informational webinars for the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP).

    Eligible entities interested in the education objective of the program should join the May 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT ...
  • 02/26/2016
    Press Release
    NASDA President and Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach spoke today to attendees of the 92nd Annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum on a panel focusing on Land Tenure & Transition.

    During his remarks, Ibach focused on NASDA’s policy calling for sound financial security and ...
  • : 12/08/2015
    Re: MB Docket No. 15-146 - Amendment of Parts 15, 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules to Provide for the Preservation of One Vacant Channel in the UHF Television Band For Use By White Space ...
    : Re: MB Docket No. 15-146 - Amendment of Parts 15, 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules to Provide for the Preservation of One...
    : Secretary Marlene H. Dortch
    : Agriculture Coalition
    Coalition Letter to the FCC on Rural Telecom Needs Download 209KB, PDF
  • 01/05/2016
    Right before the holidays arrived, the FAA published a notice saying that anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that is between .55 and 55 pounds must register the device with the FAA. Registration costs $5, but is free for the first thirty days of the registration period (until ...
  • 10/06/2015
    Next Tuesday, October 13th, the National Agricultural Law Center (NALC) is hosting a webinar on Industrial Hemp, “Production in the U.S.: Overview, Update & Legal Issues” from 12:00 – 1:00 (EST). The webinar is free of charge and limited to the first 100 registrants. It ...
  • 09/01/2015
    USDA Released the results from the 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey this week. TOTAL examines agricultural land ownership in the United States, an issue gathering more attention of late with high land prices and beginning farmer and rancher initiatives. ...
  • 06/30/2015
    Congress left for their Fourth of July recess without reauthorizing the Export-Import bank, meaning the financing agency will be closed after tonight. The bank provides credit and guarantees loans for United States exporters when private lenders are unable or unwilling to provide financing. ...
  • 02/24/2015
    The USDA has recently launched a site www.usda.gov/newfarmers which serves as a one-stop-shop for new and beginning farmers or ranchers seeking information on the diverse amount of technical assistance, risk management, conservation opportunities, and more available from the USDA.
    Are you a ...
  • 02/24/2015
    USDA is allocating $280 million to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program ( REAP ) to assist rural agricultural producers and small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems. Application deadlines vary by project type and the type of assistance ...
  • 02/18/2015
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published proposed regulations for the commercial use of small (55 lbs or less) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for visual line-of sight use during daylight hours. The proposal requires the operate to be at least 17 years old, pass an ...
  • 02/10/2015
    NASDA is working with a broad range of veterinary, commodity and agriculture-related organizations urging Congress to pass the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Enhancement Act, which will alleviate some of the challenges rural areas face in accessing veterinary services for ...
  • 01/27/2015
    The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, ...
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