USDA

Helping to Stabilize Market
4:10 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

USDA Cranberry Purchase Good News For Growers

Last year saw a record crop fro Wisconsin's cranberry growers.
Credit James Lake Cranberry Marsh

Cranberry growers are pleased with the news that the USDA will start purchasing millions of pounds of surplus cranberries. 

High yields have driven prices down to as low as 10 to 19 cents a pound for processed fruit.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Director Tom Lochner says at that price growers can’t break even.

 “It’s been declining.  We’ve seen the downward pressure on grower returns for three or four years now.  So hopefully we’ve reached the bottom and we’ll start to see signs that things are improving.”

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Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
5:51 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Grant Helps Tribal Business Start Ups and Education

Leading into the Bad River reservation on U.S. 2
Credit Royalbroil-en.wikipedia.org

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council has picked up a federal grant to help promote financial literacy and to help tribal  entrepreneurs get businesses started.

Jeff Muse is a Deputy Director at the Council. The USDA competitive grant is for just under $100,000....

"....the money is used to work with individual tribes and also tribal members for education purposed in financial literacy and to be support for tribal members who may want to start up their own business...."

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Home ownership month
3:21 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Rural Development Highlights Efforts For Home Ownership

Credit openclipart.org

June is home ownership month.  U.S.D.A.'s state Rural Development Director says most people don't realize the impact home ownership has on the rural economies.
Director Stan Gruszynski says Rural Development will back loans for people wanting a home...

"....so it's important to understand that to keep our economy going and to insure that our rural communities are healthy and vibrant, we have to focus on the housing market and make sure people have safe, affordable housing and they can afford to get into that housing...."

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Earth Day money totals $3.7 million
11:39 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rhinelander One Of 49 Communities Given Designation

Mayor Dick Johns(L) receiving Earth Day designation from state USDA Director Stan Gruszynski(R) in the city council chambers.
Credit WXPR

Rhinelander was selected as one of 49 communities across the U.S. as a national Earth Day recepient by the Department of Agriculture. As part of the designation, the city received a total of $3.7 million in grant and lower-interest loans to upgrade sewer and storm water systems.

USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski presented Mayor Dick Johns with an award recognizing the city's initiative toward improving water quality...

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Downtown revitalization
3:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Large USDA Grant Back In The Mix For Rhinelander

Sewer line work
Credit en.wikipedia.org

A federal grant to fund the underground infrastructure along downtown Rhinelander streets looked dead as of last week, but it appears to be back on again after a meeting Monday night.

The city weeks ago was given positive indications it would get $1.6 million dollars but there was a hitch: the work had to commence next year. City officials and Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated officials want to do the work, but felt the timeline was too short to have the details worked out to do the job successfully.

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