USDA http://peoriapublicradio.org en USDA announces expanded business funding in Pekin http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/usda-announces-expanded-business-funding-pekin <div>Pekin now qualifies for new USDA rural development loans and grant funding. A change in the farm bill allows larger populations cities like Pekin to apply. Dwight Reynolds is with the USDA. He says the funding can help cities, business owners, and individuals get better loan terms and lower interest rates:</div><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:54:28 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24858 at http://peoriapublicradio.org USDA announces expanded business funding in Pekin USDA helping low-income home buyers in Il http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/usda-helping-low-income-home-buyers-il <div>The USDA is ready to help potential low-income home buyers in Illinois. IPR'S Emily Boyer reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The agency plans to spend 20-million dollars in Illinois on rural home loans this year.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Housing Program Director Barry Ramsey says so far they’ve only loaned out about a third of that total.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, he says the home buying season peaks during the summer.</span></p></div><div> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:31:07 +0000 Emily Boyer 24265 at http://peoriapublicradio.org USDA helping low-income home buyers in Il Work begins on U.S. Farm Bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/work-begins-us-farm-bill <p></p><div>The U.S. House Agriculture Committee began work Wednesday on a five year farm bill. Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis introduced an amendment to give the U.S. Department of Agriculture more say in any changes introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency that affect agriculture.</div><div> Thu, 16 May 2013 12:01:02 +0000 Denise Molina & Sean Powers 5685 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Work begins on U.S. Farm Bill