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USDA Expands Access
to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers To: "Local-Foods-Action-Plan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

USDA Expands Access
to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers To: "Local-Foods-Action-Plan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.

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Growing a Healthy
Economy with Local Foods Date: Monday, November 10 - 3.5 hour session. Time - 1-4:30 p.m.

Description:  More local governments, business groups, and economic developers are considering the potential value that agriculture, including local foods, can bring to a community. A healthy local food economy can maintain rural character, create jobs (both rural and urban), and spark business entrepreneurship activities as various as value-added agri-foods to agritourism. Cooperative Extension can play a role in raising awareness about the economic potentials of local foods. This workshop will increase your understanding of the language of economic developers, provide tools to support your community conversations and activities around economic development potential of local foods, and provide examples of successes from your Extension peers.Speakers include: Susan Jakes, Becky Bowen, Noah Ranells, Bryan Cave, Paige Burns, Deb CoxSupport for this training is provided in part by Southern SARE and CEFS NC Growing Together project.  Limited seating; preference given to Extension Agents Link to CFSA Conference: http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac

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Creating New
Economies Fund Grant Program

FUNDING for Triple Bottom Line Projects The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program                           Creating New Economies Fund Grant Program Program OverviewThe Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program (RCP) provides small grants through its Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF) grant program.  CNEF is a grant program managed by Resourceful Communities with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Oak Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and other public and private partners. CNEF supports community projects that implement the “triple bottom line” – environmental stewardship, sustainable economic development and social justice.  In addition, we hope that CNEF grants will help leverage additional support for innovative demonstration projects. Grant AmountThe maximum grant is $15,000, however, average grants range from $8,000-$12,000. EligibilityApplicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar on October 1st or October 8th.  Eligible applicants include nonprofits, municipalities, and initiatives associated with a partner organization or community.  Deficit financing, for-profit businesses, individuals and projects that do not integrate “triple bottom line” components cannot be funded. Previous grantees must have completed their previous project and submitted a final report before a new grant can be awarded.  A 2014 report form is attached.  Unless a project extension was requested or your grant agreement indicates a different final report deadline, 2014 final reports are due January 22, 2015. Timeline October 1 and 8: NEW applicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar on October 1st or October 8th. November 4:  Completed pre-applications due via email to kmarks@conservationfund.org. December 4:  All applicants receive notification following pre-application review.  Selected applicants receive invitation to submit full proposal. December 4 – February 10:  Groups invited to submit full CNEF proposal receive support from Resourceful Communities in project planning and development. February 10:  Completed applications due via email to kmarks@conservationfund.org. April 2:  Award notification Small Grant Webinars:  All new Creating New Economies Fund grant applicants must participate in a triple bottom line webinar.  The webinar is open to all interested applicants.  During the webinar, we will provide an explanation of triple bottom line project requirements.   Two webinars will be offered: October 1st from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. October 8th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. REGISTER for one of the webinars by Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:59pm.   October 1 at 12:00 noon:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-new-economies-fund-cnef-webinar-october-1-tickets-13139627981   October 8 at 6:00 p.m.:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-new-economies-fund-cnef-webinar-october-8-tickets-13139702203 The webinar link, conference call information, and instructions for connecting will be sent prior to the webinar along with materials that will be used. If you have NOT applied for a Creating New Economies Fund Grant before, you MUST participate in this webinar to be eligible to apply. Link to application

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At the Intersection of Arts and Agriculture

By Becky L. Bowen, J.D., Program Manager, CultivateNC  I had the good fortune this month to attend the Cross-Currents:  Art + Agriculture Powering Rural Economies conference sponsored by Art Force and the National MORE »

Integrating New Audiences

The demographics of North Carolina have changed significantly during the last two decades. Although the general public may believe this change is a result of the influx of immigrants moving to the state, MORE »

What is Dynamic Governance?

I attended a workshop on Dynamic Governance recently. While the concepts were not entirely unfamiliar to me, it wasn’t until I used them at a recent group facilitation that I noticed how big MORE »

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Bye Bye to “Buy-in”

Today, I want to talk a little about community change.  In trying to create change, you will often hear professionals talk of “getting buy-in”. In other words, the professionals generate the solutions and MORE »

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Economic Development and the Arts

I recently attended the annual NC Main Street Conference with the hope of bringing back some new ideas to share with Extension especially in the area of downtown revitalization and economic development.  I was looking MORE »

Kale can change the world

How Kale Can Change the World

 Kale.  You’ve probably heard that it is a super food.  With tremendous cancer-fighting and cholesterol-lowering properties, kale is second to none in the grocery aisle.  If you eat enough of it, you may MORE »

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Arts and Community: Funding Opportunities and Resources from the National Endowment for the ArtsMon Oct 20, 2014 Today
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
Webinar
— 4 hours ago
NC Rural Center AssemblyThu Oct 30 - Thu Oct 30, 2014 - ALL DAY— 1 week away
ArtPlace is Accepting Applications for its National Grants ProgramMon Nov 3, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM— 2 weeks away
CREATING NEW ECONOMIES FUNDTue Nov 4, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM— 2 weeks away
Growing a Healthy Economy with Local FoodsMon Nov 10 - Mon Nov 10, 2014 - ALL DAY— 3 weeks away
Growing a Healthy Economy with Local Foods Date: 5 hour session. Time -Mon Nov 10, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM— 3 weeks away
Promise Zone DeadlineFri Nov 21, 2014
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM— 1 month away
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