NCBA has been awarded $175,000 to support cooperatives through the creation of four programs designed to create jobs and strengthen small business and communities in rural America.
NCBA received the funds through the US Department of Agriculture Rural Cooperative Development Grant program, which seeks to improve the economic condition of rural areas. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis.
“These four programs will provide a basis for job creation, especially for returning and disabled veterans; cost-effective business operation; wealth creation; and support for regional, sustainable agriculture,” said NCBA interim President and Chief Executive Officer Liz Bailey. “Cooperatives build strong communities, which, in turn, strengthen the economy—and are especially important in rural areas of America.”