Nebraska Cooperative Development Center

Dedicated to assisting people prosper in rural areas by helping them work together through
cooperative business development

NCDC Mini Grant Applications Available

2016 Grant Application PDF
2016 Grant Application Word Document

Application period open until September 1, 2016
Contact Information: Jim Crandall (308-995-3889 Elaine Cranford (402-472-1748

USDA Announces over $90 Million Available to Support Local Food Systems, Specialty Crop Producers

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of more than $90 million in competitive grants to help strengthen local and regional food systems, develop new market opportunities for producers, and support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, flowers and nursery crops (known collectively as specialty crops). These grants programs are administered by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and include the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program.

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National Food Entrepreneur Program Seminar

The University of Nebraska Food Processing Center is offering a one-day seminar for all individuals interested in exploring the idea of starting a food manufacturing business.  Please encourage interested individuals in your community to attend the “Recipe to Reality” seminar which will be offered on August 13, 2016.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Registration deadline is July 25, 2016. Entrepreneurs can contact Jill Gifford at 402-472-2819or for an information packet.

Nebraska Cooperative Development Center Contacts

Elaine Cranford:

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