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9.20.12 Accessing USDA Rural Development Programs for Cooperatives

Webinar on USDA Program Funding Opportunities

Did you know cooperatives are eligible for over 15 different funding programs within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)?

In this webinar, NCBA Director of Public Policy R.L. Condra will host a panel of experts from USDA who will discuss a variety of funding opportunities available through USDA Rural Development. These officials and program staff will provide overviews of the agency’s programs and discuss other co-op-related funding opportunities. Webinar participants will:

  • Learn about USDA Rural Development programs open to cooperatives
  • Understand the array of funding opportunities available, such as the Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, Intermediary Relending Program, Rural Community Advancement Program and Rural Energy For America Program and other energy programs
  • Hear an update on the Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
  • Have an opportunity to interact with USDA officials

Panelists

  • John H. Broussard, Director, Business and Industry Division, USDA Rural Development
  • Chad Parker, Deputy Administrator, Cooperative Programs, Rural Business and Cooperative Programs
  • Anthony Crooks, Energy Specialist, Energy Division, USDA Rural Development

Who Should Participate?

  • Executive directors and leadership staff of:
    • Credit unions
    • Electric and other utility cooperatives
    • Other cooperatives that could benefit from USDA funding
  • Mayors and community leaders
  • Economic and community development staff
  • Cooperative developers, representatives and volunteers
  • Grant writers
  • Members of cooperatives

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