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 By Michael Dann    News    November 25, 2015

USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities in MT

Acting State Director Janelle Gustafson today announced that USDA has invested more than $12.3 million in rural Montana communities through the Community Facilities Program in fiscal year 2015. Of that investment, $11.1 million was awarded to rural...


USDA Announces $5.8 Million to Support Rural Cooperatives

Agriculture Under Secretary Lisa Mensah has awarded 30 grants totaling $5.8 million to help rural cooperatives create jobs and support business expansion. The funds are being provided through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program, which...

 By Michael Dann    News    December 10, 2014

USDA Releases New State-by-State "Made in Rural America" Report

As part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state “Made in Rural America” report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural...


Montana REAP's the Benefits as USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday, September 15, 2014 that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. Montana was awarded five of the grants totaling $168,000. “We are very proud to...

 By Michael Dann    News    June 18, 2014

USDA Seeks Applications to Finance Construction and Rehabilitation of Rural Rental Housing

Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien recently announced that USDA is seeking applications from eligible lenders for loan guarantees to finance the construction or rehabilitation of rural rental housing. “Working to ensure that...


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