Webb City, MO, Nov 26, 2013 -- On November 26, 2013, USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning announced funding for the City of Webb City. Rural Development approved a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) of $21,824.
"Access to local foods is good for everyone. Providing a location to sell locally-grown agriculture produce presents producers an opportunity to expand their market. In addition, consumers benefit from fresh produce and the ability to assist local economic development,” Dunning said. “Purchasing the side curtains for the farmers market will increase the length of time for producers and vendors to offer their produce. This may also allow for the expansion of the type of produce offered which may result in increased consumer traffic. Webb City recognizes the postive impact access to local produce can have on the community’s economy."
Rural Development funds will be used to purchase side curtains/heaters for the farmer’s market building. This will extend the season for 32 growers to sell their fresh/locally grown produce to their customer base throughout Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas.
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.
This use of USDA Rural Development funding is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs from rural America. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stresses that a comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy. He said that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
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 2009-2012. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
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