USDA to hold rural broadband forum at FPS

Published by Farm Progress on August 26, 2019 By Holly Spangler Farmers and rural stakeholders can stop in for a one-hour session Aug. 27 to learn more about efforts to bring broadband to rural areas. USDA Rural Development will host a one-hour information session highlighting rural broadband needs on Aug. 27 during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. “We …

ReConnect Program Receives 53 Applications Worth $635M for Rural Broadband Loan/Grant Funding

Published by Telecompetitor on June 26, 2019 By Phil Britt U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development received 53 applications requesting more than $635 million in loan-grant combination funding in the first round of the USDA ReConnect Pilot Program, the USDA announced this week. The USDA made $200 million available for loan-grant combination projects in the first round of funding. …

Rural Development, Broadband Expansion Top Goals for Illinois State Agriculture Director

The following was published by Journal Gazette & Times Courier on March 18, 2019  by Rob Stroud  MATTOON — Rural economic development is among the stated top priorities for new Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan. The new director discussed rural development and other priorities, including promoting jobs in agriculture education, during his presentation Monday in the Lake Land College …