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1 Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 17 th Annual Capitol Forum United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business and Cooperative Service Loan and Grant Programs

2 USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service Judith A. Canales has more than 20 years of experience working in federal government and local government administrations and in nonprofit management. During the Clinton Administration, she served in the as the Acting Associate Administrator for Rural Business and Cooperative Service in Washington, DC and as the Deputy State Director at the Rural Development State Office in Texas. Judith Canales specializes in rural, urban, community, and economic development. She is responsible for overseeing the Agencys $10.7 billion national portfolio and is involved in providing financing to small businesses and cooperatives throughout rural America. Ms. Canales has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Master of Arts in Urban Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, and a Bachelor degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Judith A. Canales Administrator Rural Business and Cooperative Service U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 17 th Annual Capitol Forum

3 Business and Cooperative Programs Rural Business and Cooperative Service (RBS) offers programs and services that help small rural businesses and agricultural producers create good paying, sustainable jobs and improve the quality of life throughout rural America. Business Programs - works in partnership with private sector and the community- based organizations to improve the economic conditions in rural communities by providing direct and guaranteed loans and grants for projects that help create and save jobs and promote clean rural environments. Recipients include individuals, corporations, public and private companies, cooperatives, Indian tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Cooperative Programs - promotes the use of the cooperative form of business as a viable option for marketing and distributing agricultural products. Our programs serve cooperative members, directors, management, educational institutions, organizations, rural residents, and all others with an interest in the cooperative form of business. From FY 2009 through 2011, RBS obligated over $6.95 billion, provided 12,214 direct and guaranteed loans and grants, assisted 50,082 businesses, and helped create or save 266,082 jobs. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 17 th Annual Capitol Forum

4 Business Programs Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan (B&I) Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) Rural Economic Development Loan/Grant Program (REDLG) Rural Energy for America (REAP) Bioenergy Programs From FY 2009 through 2011, Business Programs obligated over $6.89 billion, provided 11,762 loans and grants, assisted 49,018 businesses, and helped create or save 263,516 jobs. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 17 th Annual Capitol Forum

5 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and small rural businesses so they can purchase and install renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities, and participate in energy audits and feasibility studies. Our energy efficiency and renewable energy projects include biofuels, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric projects. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 17 th Annual Capitol Forum Since 2003, REAP has helped more than 13,000 rural small businesses and agricultural producers save enough energy to power nearly 600,000 American homes for a year.

6 Cooperative Programs Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG) Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) 1890 Land-Grant Institutions Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach and Development Initiative From FY 2009 through 2011, Cooperative Programs obligated over $58.4 million, provided 452 loans and grants, assisted 1,045 businesses, and helped create or save 2,566 jobs. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 17 th Annual Capitol Forum

7 USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service How do I apply? For more information on Rural Business Service loan guarantees, direct loans, and grant programs, please visit our website at Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 17 th Annual Capitol Forum

8 USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service Contact Information USDA Rural Development Rural Business and Cooperative Service 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC Telephone: (202) USDA Rural Development website: Thank You!


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