Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG)

USDA’s Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to help rural businesses create jobs. Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) are available up to $175,000 for one year, with a total of $5.8 million available. RCDG requires a 25% matching contribution.

The Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) are also available with a total of $2.27 million. Applications for both opportunities are due August 6, 2012. Check this webpage for more information:

And here is more info for RBOG:



Appointments Announced for USDA Council on Native American Farming and Ranching

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed members to the new USDA Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR). CNAFR is an advisory committee that will work with the Secretary to improve American Indian access to the department’s programs, as well as helping to make them more responsive to native food producers’ needs.

See the list of appointees to learn more at