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Home Page Archive: July to September 2003

Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2003:  National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 30, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced the selection of 84 Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants totaling more than $32 million, providing greater educational opportunities and medical service to rural citizens in 41 states.
 Full Story / Recipients List

Under Secretary Dorr announces the 2003 DLT grant recipientsSeptember 30, 2003 -- Rural Development Under Secretary Thomas Dorr (at podium, click photo to enlarge) announced the selection of the 2003 Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants at the National Rural Telecommunications Congress.
 Full Story / Mr. Dorr's Remarks (PDF)

Under Secretary Dorr at the podiumOctober 1, 2003 -- Under Secretary Dorr (click photo to enlarge), in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's Indian Treaty Room, addressed renewable energy leaders (his remarks, in PDF) on efforts by the Bush Administration to increase the use of natural resources to develop and produce renewable energy.
 Rural Development's Renewable Energy Resources

September 26, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced $10 million in grants to establish agricultural innovation centers in 10 states.
 Full Story

September 24, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced that $11.3 million in broadband community grants will be awarded to 34 communities in 20 states to enable residents to access the Internet and take advantage of the opportunities available through the global digital community.
 Full Story / Recipients List

Deputy Secretary Moseley with Partnership attendeesSeptember 22, 2003 -- Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley (click photo to enlarge) was the featured guest at the Idaho Rural Partnership's recent roundtable meeting. While there, he discussed Rural Development's efforts to form partnerships to meet the financial and economic development needs of rural America, and learned about the critical issues that rural Idahoans are facing.
 Learn more about Rural Development

Pictured (L to R):  Mike Weiss, College of Agriculture and Life Science Dean, University of Idaho; Trent Clark, Idaho Rural Partnership Co-Chair; Mr. Moseley; Dr. Clarence Siroky, Idaho State Veterinarian.

September 17, 2003 -- USDA helps in many ways before and after natural disasters such as hurricanes, and offers an array of assistance.
 Full Story / Rural Development assistance

September 16, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced $6.3 million in economic development grants in 20 states.
 Full Story / Recipients List

September 15, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced the selection of eleven 1890s Land Grant Institutions, Colleges and Universities to receive nearly $1.5 million in business development assistance. These funds will provide outreach and technical assistance in developing new businesses and employment opportunities in underserved rural communities.
 Full Story / President Bush's Proclamation

September 15, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced the selection of 309 business, community and Tribal transportation, business and educational loan and grant requests from 34 states. The funds are a mixture of economic and community development investments being made as part of the Bush Administrationís overall efforts to help spur economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural Americans.
 Full Story / Recipients Lists

Congressman Camp with Rural Development and Redding Township officialsSeptember 15, 2003 -- Congressman Dave Camp (click photo to enlarge) presented a ceremonial $100,000 grant check to Redding Township in Clare County, Michigan. The grant, one of 309 projects recently announced, will be used to build a new township hall.
 Full Story / Recipients Lists

Pictured (L to R):  John Rosso, Business Programs Administrator; Dale Sherwin, Michigan Rural Development State Director; Thomas Krchmar, Redding Township Supervisor; Congressman Camp.

September 14-20, 2003 is Small Business Week
President Bush's Proclamation

Under Secretary Dorr and Deputy Assistant Secretary Faulkner shaking hands after signing the agreementSeptember 12, 2003 -- Rural Development Under Secretary Thomas Dorr (right, click photo to enlarge) and Douglas Faulkner (left), the Department of Energy's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, signed a crucial agreement that will support producers and rural small businesses that develop renewable energy ventures.

August 25, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announces investment of $13 million in business development funds for rural America.
 Full Story / Recipients List

August 25, 2003 -- USDA announces over $21 million to support rural renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts.
 Full Story / Recipients List

Under Secretary Dorr and Sen. Grassley at the eventAugust 25, 2003 -- Under Secretary Dorr (left) joined U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (at the podium) in Iowa for a press conference to announce grant awards for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvement program (Section 9006 of the Farm Bill).
 Full Story / Recipients List

USDA Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley (right) joined Congressman Etheridge (middle)August 18, 2003 -- Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley (right, click photo to enlarge) joined Congressman Etheridge (middle) in Raleigh, North Carolina to talk with area agri-business and agricultural leaders and share information on how USDA is working to assist local communities with economic and community development, including financing agri-business ventures.

Under Secretary Thomas Dorr (right, click photo to enlarge) celebrates the grand opening of Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell, Montana.August 16, 2003 -- Under Secretary Thomas Dorr (right, click photo to enlarge) celebrates the grand opening of Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell, Montana. USDA Rural Development provided a $6.2 million loan guarantee to Glacier Bank of Whitefish for construction costs for the school, a private, non-profit therapeutic boarding school.

Pictured (L to R): Janice B. Johnson, Associate Executive Director, Summit Preparatory School; Alexander Habib, Board President, Summit Preparatory School; Mark Hostetter, Board President, Mark D. Hostetter and Alexander N. Habib Foundation; Rick Johnson, Executive Director, Summit Preparatory School; Tim Ryan, State Director, USDA Rural Development in Montana; Thomas Dorr, Under Secretary; Marty Gilman, President, Glacier Bank of Whitefish.

August 15, 2003 -- USDA announces over $45 million in Rural Development funds for rural Iowa.
 Full Story

August 14, 2003 -- USDA provides $333.7 million to improve electric and telecommunication services in 15 states.
 Full Story / Recipients List

August 11, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced the selection of $11.3 million in loans and grants to meet business and water infrastructure needs in rural California.
 Full Story

August 7, 2003 -- Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley announced the approval of $20.4 million in Rural Development loan and grant funds to help expand local rural electric infrastructure and distribution, and business development in rural Ohio.
 Full Story

Link to July-August issue. Featured: How co-ops cope with sprawl. Cover shows crops with farm buildings in the distance.Rural Cooperatives
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Under Secretary Thomas Dorr at the podium as Board members look onJuly 30, 2003 -- Under Secretary Thomas Dorr (right, click photo to enlarge) addresses members of the National Biodiesel Board on the Bush Administration's commitment to renewable energy.
 Under Secretary's Remarks
 Renewable Energy Resources

July 30, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced the availability of $6 million in Rural Development grants to support rural economic and community development efforts.
 Full Story / Federal Register Notice

July 21, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced a new grant program to finance the conversion of television services to digital broadcasting for small rural public television stations.
 Full Story / Federal Register Notice

July 17, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced the award of nearly $15 million to seven states. The funds will be used to provide, develop and improve energy services in rural areas with extremely high energy costs. The grants will help assure access to reliable energy services.
 Full Story / Recipients List

July 16, 2003 -- Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley announced the award of $19,533,075 in loans and grants to 10 Florida recipients for improvements to local water systems, a farm labor housing complex and a community facility.
 Full Story

July 15, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced the award of four Rural Development loan packages that will improve telecommunication services in rural areas in Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota.
 Full Story / Recipients List

July 10, 2003 -- Agriculture Secretary Veneman announced the award of $327 million in loans and loan guarantees to six states. Funds will be used to make needed improvements to local electric systems.
 Full Story / Recipients List

Deputy Secretary Moseley and Bayview citizens gather at the dedicationDeputy Secretary Moseley joins Bayview project leaders in breaking ground for constructionJuly 2, 2003 -- Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley (photo, left:  front row, third from right; photo, right:  third from left -- click photos to enlarge) participates in the recent dedication of the New Bayview Rural Village in Northampton County, Virginia. USDA's Rural Development provided more than $4 million in grants and loans to finance the project that revitalized one of Virginia's poorest and historically underserved communities.
 Full Story

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