Ben Carson: “…get rid of all government subsidies…”

By Russ Phillips During the 10/28/15 GOP Debate Carson said, “Well, first of all, I was wrong about taking the oil subsidy. I have studied that issue in great detail. And what I have concluded is that the best policy … Continue reading

Farmers: Trump ‘terrible for agriculture’

Many say they can’t harvest their crops without immigrant labor Politico.com By Bill Tomson 9/1/15 Even before real-estate mogul Donald Trump called undocumented immigrants “rapists and murderers” who “have to go,” California contractor Carlos Castañeda was having difficulty hiring enough … Continue reading

Nutrition Subcommittee Holds Hearing to Review SNAP Recipient Characteristics and Dynamics

2/26/15

Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Chairwoman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, held a public hearing to review the characteristics and dynamics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. [SNAP is the former Food Stamp Program.] The committee will conduct a full-scale review this Congress in order to improve and strengthen the program for its intended recipients. This hearing follows yesterday’s full committee hearing on the past, present, and future of SNAP…
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(The following are several excerpts from links included in the above press release. – Admin.)
* [SNAP is] the largest welfare program in both the number of recipients and the amount of spending, yet the program lacks a clear mission and the data reveals that it is not helping lift people out of poverty. (This and the next comment come from different sources. – Admin)
*SNAP has become one of the most effective antipoverty programs overall, especially at lifting non-elderly households with children out of deep poverty.
*Currently 18 different programs provide food assistance, and while many of them do not fall within this committee’s jurisdiction, they do serve SNAP recipients. In addition, a range of low-income benefit programs are offered at the local, state and federal levels.  On top of that, a web of non-profits and community service providers exist to provide assistance.
* SNAP provided benefits to 46.5 million people in an average month in fiscal year 2014, slightly down from 47.6 million people in an average month in fiscal year 2013. The average monthly benefit in fiscal year 2014 was also down to $125 per person from $133 per person in fiscal year 2013.
*Today, 1 in 7 Americans receive assistance from SNAP at a cost approaching $80 billion, making it the second largest means-tested transfer program in terms of cost after Medicaid.

FEDCO gets $99K grant

The Rochester Sentinel
12/17/14

Fulton Economic Development Corporation has received a $99,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The grant money will be used to continue FEDCO’s low interest loan program and to provide funding for training to eligible businesses in Fulton County, FEDCO said in a press release. Eligible businesses include startups that have met application requirements or existing businesses based in Fulton County with less than $1 million in gross annual sales and less than 50 employees.

This is the third and largest such grant the USDA has awarded to FEDCO in the past five years.

FEDCO Executive Director Terry Lee said the funding will provide a boost to an already successful program.

“These additional funds are a vote of confidence from the USDA and will allow FEDCO to help more Fulton County businesses start and grow.

We’ve created a very comprehensive program for small businesses that includes a wide range of resources and the USDA’s grant is at the heart of what we offer,” he said.

For more information, contact Amy Beechy at amy@yourprojectmatters. com or 574-709-7955.

(Related article: ROCHESTER, Ind., 7/15/10 — A $75,000 USDA Rural Development Grant awarded July 6 (2010) to the Fulton Economic Development Corp…FEDCO received a $50,000 grant last October…) (more)