Federal Programs

Find the funding resources available through the USDA and other agencies

"The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program provides funding to rural projects through local utility organizations.

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"The purpose of the Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program (B&I) is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities.

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The Repowering Assistance Program provides payments to eligible biorefineries to replace fossil fuels used to produce heat or power to operate biorefineries with renewable biomass.

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"As the call for increased production of homegrown, renewable forms of fuels has grown, so has the need to develop and produce them. USDA Rural Development offers opportunities to producers to develop such fuels through the Biorefinery Assistance Program.

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The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Producer Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects.

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"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Storage Facility Loan Program (FSFL) provides low-interest financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities.

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"With a Direct Farm Ownership Loan, you can purchase farmland, construct or repair buildings and other fixtures, and promote soil and water conservation."  See your State Farm Service Agency office of Applications: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/s

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"USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.  Loan Uses Emergency loan funds may be used to: Restore or replace essential property; Pay all or part of production costs associated with the disaster year; Pa

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"The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects.

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"The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in rural America to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings

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