More than $20 million was delivered to rural Nebraska businesses in
FY 2013 as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural
According to USDA Rural Development State
Director Maxine Moul, more than 150 business, 75 ag producers and four
cooperatives benefited from the programs. Additionally, she said over
250 jobs were created or saved with the funds.
Development believes in a strong economy and our business programs help to
accomplish this in rural Nebraska," said Moul, adding that the agency is looking forward to continuing their work in 2014.
The programs including guaranteed loans, small business grants and funding for renewable energy projects.
Examples of businesses that benefited this year include Laurel
Biocomposite, LLC, a company that wanted to build a plant to convert
distillers grain into a product to be used in the plastics manufacturing
process; the city of Gothenburg received a grant to upgrade servers and
computer networks for the hospital's electronic medical records system;
and a Hartington, Neb. dairy received funds for marketing support.