USDA Awards First Loans in the Rural Energy Savings Program

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2017 – Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing zero-interest loans to two rural energy providers to help business and residential customers lower energy use and costs.

“Funding commercial, farm and residential energy efficiency investments supports rural economies,” Glendenning said. “These investments save money for consumers, create jobs in the community and help energy providers better manage costs.”

USDA is awarding a $13 million Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) loan to South Carolina’s KW Savings Co. and a $1 million loan to the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC). These are the first loans USDA is making through RESP. They are being provided through the Electric Program of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, the successor to the Rural Electrification Administration. The Electric Program makes loans and loan guarantees in rural areas to nonprofit and cooperative associations, public bodies and other utilities to help finance the construction of electric distribution and generation facilities.

KW Savings will use the USDA loan to provide funds to seven rural electric cooperatives for South Carolina’s “Help My House” program, which supports investments in behind-the-meter technologies and building improvements to reduce consumers’ energy bills. The seven cooperatives are: Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Santee Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Little River Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Lynches River Electric Cooperative, Inc.; and Broad River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

NOPEC, a nonprofit regional council of governments, will provide energy improvement loans to small businesses in 206 rural communities across 13 counties in northeast Ohio. USDA’s funds will support NOPEC’s Savings Through Efficiency Program (STEP), which is expected to reduce energy costs for small businesses by 15 percent.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov.



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Announcement: Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective. Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.  

PROCESS EXPO 2017

Start Date: 2017-09-19
End Date: 2017-09-22
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

PROCESS EXPO, is the nation’s largest trade show for all segments of the food and beverage industry. Occurring only once every two years, PROCESS EXPO will take place September 19-22, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Produced by FPSA, PROCESS EXPO is the nation’s largest trade show dedicated to bringing the latest technology and integrated solutions to all segments of the food and beverage industry.

Processors gain a competitive advantage with the innovative technology on the show floor, where food processing and packaging experts demonstrate their machines and products. Both veterans and those new to food and beverage processing get training on food safety, trends, leadership, and more.

Some 19,000 attendees representing the full spectrum of food manufacturing are expected to attend, along with some 600 food processing and packaging equipment exhibitors from the dairy, meat/poultry/seafood, beverage, bakery, prepared foods, confectionary and pet foods sectors.

PROCESS EXPO is a participant in the 2017 International Buyer IBP Select Program.

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for China

WASHINGTON, Mar. 30, 2017—Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 165,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2017/2018 marketing year.

The marketing year for soybeans began Sept. 1.

USDA issues both daily and weekly export sales reports to the public. Exporters are required to report to USDA any export sales activity of 100,000 tons or more of one commodity, made in one day or quantities totaling 200,000 tons or more in any reporting period, except 20,000 tons for soybean oil, made in one day to one destination or quantities totaling 40,000 tons or more in any reporting period, by 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the next business day following the sale. Export sales of less than these quantities must be reported to USDA on a weekly basis.

Secretary Pritzker, U.S. Trade Representative Froman Announce Schedule for 27th Session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman today announced the schedule of events for the 27th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which will take place November 21-23, in Washington. Secretary Pritzker and Ambassador Froman will host the Chinese delegation, led by Vice Premier of the State Council Wang Yang. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will also participate in the dialogue to address key agricultural trade issues between the two countries.

Exporting Agriculture International Trade and Ag Summit 2016

Wed, November 2, 2016
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM PDT

Hilton Palm Springs
400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
City of Palm Springs, CA 92262

Registration is FREE.
To register to attend the event please go to ‘TICKETS’ and choose General Admission.
Exhibitor Tables available under ‘TICKETS’

To register free for matchmaking appointments go to event website.

Hear from Leaders and Agricultural Experts about
The State of Agriculture in the United States for Export

  • How do California Growers Fare as Exporters?
  • What Role can Food Packers and Processors play to help Growers Export more?
  • What International Markets are looking for Ag Products?

Opportunity to sell your product — Register for the No Cost match making event

Riverside County EDA – Office of Foreign Trade

Organizer of Exporting Agriculture International Trade and Ag Summit 2016

The Office of Foreign Trade (OFT) is part of the County Economic Development Agency and is the official agency and representative body for international trade, development, and foreign investment within the County of Riverside. The OFT was established by the Agency and with the consent of the County Executive Officer in 2009 in an effort to consolidate foreign trade and investment in one centralized office.

Mission:

The Office of Foreign Trade (OFT) assists business owners, corporate officers, investors, and entrepreneurs with export and import assistance with the objective of creating new jobs and investment within the county. The OFT serves as your link to developing and existing markets overseas, including our United States Export Assistance Centers, Foreign Agricultural Services, United States Chambers of Commerce operating abroad, Unites States Commercial Service, Foreign Trade Offices, and investors from other nations interested in establishing a business location in the County of Riverside.

The OFT is also directly responsible for government-to-government relations, as it pertains to economic development, trade, tourism, and good will building with the Organization of American States, United Nations, and all nations and governments formally recognized by the government of the United States of America. This office also exists to promote the use of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Central American Free Trade Agreement, and existing trade agreements or treaties. These treaties open markets for goods and products produced within the County of Riverside that are manufactured, or grown in Riverside County. OFT is strategically placed within the Economic Development Agency to have direct access to the vast resources, support, and assistance from its team of highly dedicated professionals within the agency.

Food & Hotel China 2016

November 9-11, 2016
Shanghai, China

The 19th International Exhibition for the Food, Drinks, Hospitality, Foodservice, Bakery & Retail Industries.

The Premier Business Exhibition for the global food and hospitality sector in China

22 years of FHC in China. 20 editions in Shanghai alone.

The exhibition of choice for exporters and importers of food and beverages. More International companies and country pavilions than any food exhibition in China.

2,150 food and wine exporters and distributors from 66 countries participated at FHC and ProWine China 2015.

Visitors are decision makers and buyers from China’s retailers 40%; Importers and distributors 35% and hospitality sector 25%.

53,295 visitor attended FHC 2015, 55% from Shanghai; 39% from other regions of China and 6% from overseas.

Organsied by CIE a member of Allworld Exhibitions, responsible for Organisation Asia’s leading food and wine trade exhibitions. 14 shows in 9 Asian countries.

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