Success Stories

USDA provided a grant 0f $31,500 to assist in purchasing and outfit of a new rescue boat for Scuffleton. The town will use the boat to assist in water rescue in its home county and the surrounding areas.

Scuffleton & USDA RD work to keep NC Waterways Safe

The Scuffleton Rural Fire Services Inc. is taking steps to assure they are ready for the next water emergency effecting their area with the purchase of an aluminum rescue boat.

Photo of Corina Ponce and her son

USDA Helps Renovate Homeowner’s Safe Haven

Nearly three years ago, Corina Ponce had purchased a bank-owned home in Redfield, SD. She acquired the property knowing it had been vacant for a few years and needed major repairs.

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Solar Powered Tofu: Renewable Energy Powers Maine Business

From humble beginnings making tofu from their garage in Camden, to producing and distributing organic and locally-sourced tofu products throughout New England from their building in Rockport, the owners of Heiwa Tofu have always been focused on a “bright” future for their small business.

Sewer in the Yard

No Family Should Have Raw Sewage in Their Yard

Ellen called the Kitsap Public Health District in the summer of 2019 to report her failing septic system. When the health inspector arrived, a blue tarp was the only thing covering a dangerous hole filled with sewage. 

As a low-income senior citizen who lost her partner and… more

New Solar Array Helps Brewery Keep The Lights On

In rural Ord, Nebraska, Scratchtown Brewing Company, LLC is saving nearly 70 percent in energy costs thanks, in part, to a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) renewable energy grant more

Crawford Rural Fire Department Station

USDA Brings Public Protection and Community Space

Crawford’s Rural Fire Department Station was built in 1929 and had reached the end of its useful life by not meeting current energy, building, accessibility codes and standards. The basement had flooded thus mold was a concern. A shared wall to the west side… more

A professor at Beaufort County Community College presents a class on American History. Utilizing a $329 thousand Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant from USDA Rural Development BCCC is able to serve its population that stretches to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

BCCC & USDA RD Expanding the Reach of Higher Education

Beaufort County Community College serves a rural population of traditional and high school students who are all working towards a degree.

   Many rural students have the convenience of being able to easily travel to their classes… more

American Milking Devons graze the fields of Old Time Farm in Stoneboro, Pa. This is a true, triple-purpose breed used for milk, beef, and as oxen. Old Time Farm chose the Devon for its long legacy of intelligence and trainability. In fact, Devons were the cattle of choice on the Oregon Trail, and can still be found on George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

USDA Grant Boosts Heritage Breed Livestock Producer

Farm thrives, bolsters other local farmers during coronavirus pandemic  

For Shelly Oswald, owner of Old Time Farm in Stoneboro, Pa., the novel coronavirus pandemic illustrates the vital role small, local agriculture producers play in safeguarding food… more

Lab technician using new COVID-19 testing machine

Helping Rural Hospitals in the Fight Against COVID-19

In Wray, Colorado, the Wray Community District Hospital was one of the first rural hospitals to be on allocation for the SARS COVID-19 PCR testing. Prior to receiving the new equipment, the hospital only had access to a small four bay test analyzer.

Gilliard Home

A Single Mother's Blessing

"It is truly a blessing to come home each day to our peaceful environment," said Amanda Gilliard. The goal of graduating from college and purchasing a home for her family has been realized.