OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative: Annual Notice for FY21 Rates and Terms
Ahead of Fiscal Year 2021, USDA is providing guarantee percentages, annual fees, periodic retention fees, and optional construction fees to help lenders apply for the Agency’s four flagship loan guarantee programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative.

Agriculture Innovation Agenda
USDA announced this department-wide initiative to align resources, programs, and research to help position American agriculture to better meet future global demands and stimulate innovation in order increase production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint in half by 2050.

Outdoor Recreation Industry Helps Drive the Economy
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable offers a review of data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on the Outdoor Recreation Industry noting significant positive impacts in this sector as a major generator of quality American jobs in industries ranging from manufacturing to retail to tourism.

Small Business Pulse Survey
This new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau is designed to collect real-time data on the rehiring of laid-off or furloughed employees, work from home data, the use of online platforms to offer goods or services, changes in capacity of businesses, tax deferrals and credits, and data on the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program.

HHS Rural Action Plan
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed a plan to strengthen coordination within the Department and to best serve rural communities through a four-point strategy designed to transform rural health and human services: (1) building a sustainable health and human services model for rural communities, (2) leveraging technology and innovation, (3) focusing on preventing disease and mortality, and (4) increasing rural access to care.

Event Opportunities

National Tribal Broadband Summit
September 21 – 25 | Virtual Summit
The Department of the Interior, in collaboration with USDA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will showcase creative solutions to support tribal broadband development by connecting community leaders with information and resources to help identify opportunities for public and private sector solutions on tribal lands.

National Small Business Week: Virtual Conference
September 22 – 24 | Virtual Conference
The U.S. Small Business Administration takes its annual event virtual this year. The event will feature educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy.

Talent Finance Series
September 22 | Forum 1: Kickoff Event
September 24 |
Forum 2: Building Partnerships
September 29 |
Forum 3: Public-Private Innovations
October 1 | 
Forum 4: Enabling Infrastructure
October 13 |
Forum 5: Capstone Event
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and its partners (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Greater Houston Partnership, WorkingNation, Cognizant U.S. Foundation,, JPMorgan Chase, MSFT Philanthropies, Schmidt Futures, and many more) offer a free series to explore new public-private approaches to support talent management and workforce development.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Fast-Forward Summit
September 29 – 30 | Virtual Summit
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation offers this free summit to educate the public about private-sector innovations that are redefining the future. The summit offers a forum for deep-dive conversations and will explore the future of sports, aging, housing, and food.

The SNAP E&T National Work Forum
October 13-14 | St. Louis, MO or Virtual
USDA’s first-ever SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) National Forum brings together SNAP E&T stakeholders from across the country to share and learn best practices to promote and increase employment among SNAP households through state SNAP E&T programs.