USDA grant helps rural businesses grow vegetables

Farm Forum

LYONS, Neb. (AP) – The Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons is getting a $99,000 federal grant to provide training and business assistance to two small businesses that will specialize in growing vegetables.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is providing the money to support a Nebraska Native American community to help strengthen tribal business and create jobs.

The funding is from USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program which supports small and emerging businesses in rural areas.

Businesses in Santee and Macy will receive vegetable growing assistance.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the investments “will help deliver more products and services to local customers, boost residents’ earnings and improve the economic vitality of this tribal community.”