Success Stories

Photo of the BTAC Kitchen

Commercial Kitchen Opens Opportunities for Food Service in Southeastern Utah

Local leaders, board members, and stakeholders gathered to celebrate a grand opening of the Business Technical Assistance Center’s (BTAC) remote workspace and commercial kitchen on August 23, 2021, in Price, Utah.more

Marshal Larry Rose with one of the new police vehicles

Chasing Down Lawbreakers in the Bitterroot Valley

As Darby's Chief of Police since 1984, Marshal Larry Rose has been a fixture in this rural Montana community and, with the help of his Deputy, works tirelessly to maintain peace and order in the Bitterroot Valley.… more

REcreate gives 1% back to local non-profits to provide better opportunities for Flathead County

Bringing Micro-Manufacturing Back to Main Street

When Carol Lynn Lapotka purchased an historic building on Polson, Mont.'s Main Street to house REcreate Designs, LLC., her small-batch manufacturing plant and artist co-op, she knew renovations would be needed.  So, this… more

Matt Drew illustrates how controlled germination, which essentially tricks the grains into waking up, allows Montana Craft Malt to yield up to 10,000 metric tons of product annually from Montana-grown barley.

Craft Malt Company Germinating Growth in Butte

Montana Craft Malt Company (MCM), which sprouted as an idea from a 2016 white paper published by the State Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce, is now America's first commercial-scale specialty malting… more

enny Taylor shows off her refurbuished home after receing a through a USDA Hosuing and Preservation Grant helped repair her failing septic system that was damaging her home.

USDA Helps Single Mom Save Her Home

It is a good day when we are able to reach out and directly effect the lives of people in our state.

Historical Society New Building

Helping to Preserve History One Piece at a Time

Knowing where you have been is vital to a rural community’s future. Having the knowledge and understanding of your history can help build the basis for a much greater appreciation of today. That sentiment was the foundation for the past four years of hard work done by the Montezuma County… more

cheese products photo

Making Own Products is a Dream Come True for Small Rural South Dakota Business

In the spring of 2017, Chad Blase quit his full-time job to go back to work with his parents on their dairy farm. Within months, milk prices were sinking and Chad and his partner Laura Klock, along with Chad’s parents, Amy and Gary Blase, realized it was time to have some difficult… more

Sandhills Medical Center Groundbreaking

USDA Investment Will Help Low-Income Patients Have Access to Quality Healthcare in Rural South Carolina

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on June 1, 2021 for the expansion of the Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. (SMF) facility located in Lugoff, S.C.  Local leaders and members of the Foundation gathered at the site to celebrate the official ground-breaking for the nearly 13,… more

USDA Rural Development invested $248 thousand to assist with the expansion of their fire station. The 30 year old structure was not able to fit modern trucks and their equipment. The expansion will allow Calypso to fit the most up-to-date equipment to serve their community.

USDA RD Assists Expansion of Calypso Fire Department

The town of Calypso recently celebrated the expansion of two new bays to their fire station.