Summit Seed Coatings heads to Indiana

Salem, Indiana will be the first home for Summit Seed Coatings in the Midwest.  Founded in 2002, the Idaho based company produces seed coatings for major seed distributors, which sell their seeds to agriculture dealers and government dealers, as well as at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and other garden retail stores.  Summit Seed Coatings currently… Read more »

New support for bio-based manufacturing

USDA Undersecretary Doug O’Brien says there is a lot of potential for bio-based manufacturing in rural America, especially now. At a Senate Ag subcommittee hearing on regional approaches to rural development, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown asked about it, especially in places like Ohio, Indiana and other areas of the Midwest where standard manufacturing jobs are… Read more »

Farm bill supports REGIONAL development

The new farm bill has a new focus on rural development – targeting REGIONAL areas for rural development incentives.  Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns is on a subcommittee panel that held a hearing Thursday in Washington, D.C.  He said, “By setting aside 10% of funds from rural community facilities, utilities and businesses and cooperative development categories… Read more »

USDA fund to seek private funds for rural business

The USDA has begun a new $150 Million investment fund to grow small businesses in rural areas and create more jobs using public AND private funding.   Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) – involves pledges from eight Farm Credit institutions and will be managed by Advantage Capital Partners, “The bottom line… Read more »

Missouri biogas-to-fuel project underway

A big renewable biogas project is underway in north Missouri. Murphy-Brown of Missouri – formerly Premium Standard Farms – has partnered with Roeslein Alternative Energy, to capture biogas from hog manure and turn it into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and (CNG) for use as a transport fuel. Bill Homann with Murphy Brown of Missouri says the… Read more »

Opportunities in agriculture

There are a lot of opportunities in agriculture, but Cate Sprout, human resources staffing manager at CHS says there is currently a lack of talent available. Sprout says companies like CHS are once again competing with family farms, which means looking at non-traditional students and other professionals to fill available positions. But there is another… Read more »

Rural job development funds in 17 states

Funding to bolster job opportunities in rural areas is being distributed in 17 states. The USDA’s Rural Development agency is providing more than $12 Million in rural economic development loan and grant programs for those projects. Lillian Salerno, the USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service Administrator, outlines some of the projects. In Missouri… “The Justine Peterson… Read more »

Rural Development funds going to small businesses

Fifty-million dollars is being made available to more than 70 rural businesses last week by the USDA’s Rural Development agency, during National Small Business week. Acting Under Secretary of Rural Development, Doug O’Brien, says they work directly with small town community banks and farm credit institutions that want to provide those loans. “But, they can’t… Read more »

USDA program expands into more rural poverty spots

The USDA is expanding its program to help local communities in poverty stricken rural areas with economic development and job creation. Speaking in Columbia, South Carolina, on Tuesday, Ag Secretary TomVilsack said, “When people think of poverty they often think in terms of inner city poverty and certainly there is a good deal of that but… Read more »

StrikeForce expands to address rural poverty

The USDA is expanding its program to help local communities in poverty stricken rural areas with economic development and job creation. Speaking in Columbia, South Carolina, on Tuesday, Vilsack said, “When people think of poverty they often think in terms of inner city poverty and certainly there is a good deal of that but oftentimes people… Read more »