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REAP Achieves Top 10 Position in National Lending

The Center for Rural Affairs’ small business development program, REAP, ranked #7 in the United States for the number of Small Business Administration Micro loans placed. REAP was #21 for the dollar value of Micro loans closed.

The ranking was done by the SBA’s Office of Economic Opportunity at the close of fiscal year 2015, just completed. Here's what Jeff Reynolds, REAP director, had to say about the accomplishment (heads-up, Jeff is a big sports fan!):

You're Invited to Have Twice the Impact!

What was your least favorite school lunch growing up? Mine was salisbury steak. It was a strange textured mystery meat, coated in slick, salty gravy, and served with instant mashed potatoes- a true cafeteria atrocity I hope my kids will never have to eat. Our Farm to School program tries to make sure of that.

Farm to School is a national movement that encourages schools to serve locally grown food from partnering farmers. Our Farm to School effort has helped save over 140,000 children from these meals in 2015 alone.

Thankful for the Little Things Only Rural Living Can Provide

I don’t usually reflect much on the abundant amenities of where I live. Generally I take the wide open spaces, fresh air, breathtaking sunsets and a myriad of other things for granted.
But a recent Rural Housewives article reminded me of the many benefits that small town and rural living provide that are easy to overlook. There are the obvious things like beautiful landscapes, bright stars at night, friendly people, knowing your neighbors and so on.

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