Ste. Genevieve, MO, Sep 17, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development Assistant State Director Tim Rickabaugh today announced funding for the Mississippi River Hills Association. Rural Development approved a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) of $10,690.
"Part of Rural Development’s mission is improving the quality of life for Missouri’s rural residents. One aspect of improving quality of life is promoting the resources of an area. Resources of an area include agricultural products, Rickabaugh said. Through this project, the Mississippi River Hills Association is taking promotion of Southeast Missouri’s regional agricultural products on the road. They are not only talking about agricultural products, but are using the products when holding events and preparing meals for the events. What better way to market a product than demonstrating its uses and quality by allowing folks to see, feel and taste the product. This is a unique marketing approach to add value to the agricultural products available in Southeast Missouri."
Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a trailer and miscellaneous equipment. The trailer and equipment will be used in a six-county region in Southeast Missouri to host “Taste of Place” agriculinary and educational events to promote locally produced and value-added farm products.
The RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBEGs may fund a broad array of activities.
For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.
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