#LoveRuralAm: Trading Entertainment for Enrichment

A little over 8 years ago, I traded the comfortable confines of my little college town to chase my future in the (relatively) big city. After 23 years living and working with and around livestock and wide open fields, I’d decided I’d had enough. I wanted to make my way where there were more people, more opportunities, and you never had to look too far for something to do.

I’ll tell you, I wasn’t disappointed when I got there. At the time, moving to the city was exactly what I was looking for, and what I thought I needed. I was, without a doubt, entertained.

Congratulations to 2015 REAP Award Winners

Every year REAP recognizes entrepreneurs and individuals who have worked with us to strengthen small towns and rural communities through small, self-employed business development. This year the awards will be given on March 11, 2016, at our annual awards banquet. You will be able to read more about these folks in the Spring edition of the REAP Business Update. For now, here's a sneak peek of this special group.

Silver Anniversary Recap and Look Ahead

As the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) heads into its 26th year of operation, we hope you have enjoyed reading our 25th Anniversary eNews publications! This represents the final edition of the special 12-month run in celebration of REAP’s silver anniversary.

The REAP 25th Anniversary eNews series was designed to:

President’s Budget Should Guide the Appropriations Process

On Tuesday, February 9 the President released his budget, which includes $25.5 billion in discretionary funding for the US Department of Agriculture for the next fiscal year. The release of the budget serves as a guide to the Congressional Appropriations process, signaling where the administration would like to focus discretionary funding.