USDA Awards Grant to Nebraska Native American Community

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WASHINGTON Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA is providing support to a Nebraska Native American community to help strengthen tribal business and create jobs. The funding is from USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program, which promotes the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas.

The USDA says in Nebraska the Center for Rural Affairs received a $99,000 grant. The funds will be used to provide training and business assistance to two small businesses in Santee and Macy that will specialize in growing vegetables for high-value markets. The assistance is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.

"USDA continues to create ladders of opportunity in Native American communities by investing in the tools needed to create good-paying jobs and raise the quality of life for residents,” Vilsack said. “These strategic investments will help deliver more products and services to local customers, boost residents’ earnings and improve the economic vitality of this tribal community.”

The USDA says Rural Business Enterprise Grants also may be used to help fund distance learning networks and employment-related adult education programs. Eligible applicants include local governments, non-profit corporations and federally recognized Indian Tribes.

The USDA says since the start of the Obama Administration, the RBEG program has helped create or save more than 73,000 rural jobs, expanded or helped establish more than 41,000 rural businesses and community projects and provided more than $170 million in economic development assistance.