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Resources and Publications

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month!
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

USDA to Bring New Jobs and Improved Infrastructure to Rural Partners Network (RPN) Communities
USDA provided awards to benefit RPN communities and support their long-term visions for strong, local economies. Complete list of projects. For more information on RPN, visit Rural.gov.

Introduction to Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA) Webinar Recording and Q&A Available
USDA Rural Development is supporting the implementation of BABAA as it energizes domestic manufacturing, strengthens supply chains, and creates good jobs for people of all backgrounds and experiences across the United States. For more information please see these resources: Webinar RecordingQ&A Document and our BABAA Customer Guide.

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Funding for USDA Rural Development
IRA represents the largest single investment in rural electrification since the passage of the Rural Electrification Act in 1936. Sections 22001 through 22005 of IRA provide new loan and grant products and unprecedented incentives to expand clean energy, transform rural power production, create jobs and spur economic growth to be offered by USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service and Rural Business and Cooperative Service. Current Events, Recorded Webinars and Funding Updates will be posted on this website!

Building a Clean Energy Economy: A Guidebook to the Inflation Reduction Act’s Investments in Clean Energy and Climate Action
This guidebook, offered by the White House, provides a program-by-program overview of the Inflation Reduction Act, including who is eligible to apply for funding and for what purposes. You can find the most recent information on the Inflation Reduction Act at www.CleanEnergy.govRead the full Announcement. Also see the IRA Tribal Guidebook.

USDA Rural Development Offers a new Tribal Relations Webpage
The USDA Rural Development Tribal Relations office is a part of the Innovation Center's Strategic Engagement Division, which ensures relevant programs and policies are efficient, easy to understand, accessible, and developed in consultation with the American Indians and Alaska Native constituents they impact. 


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National Agriculture Day: Fifty Years Later, Farmers Are Growing a Climate for Tomorrow Fifty years after the creation of National Agriculture Day, America’s farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners find themselves on the front lines of climate change. They are uniquely positioned to deliver solutions by implementing climate-smart practices that conserve natural resources, build healthier soils, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and sequester carbon.


Events and Learning

5/31: Registration & 6/1: Registration - USDA Rural Development IRA Clean Energy Events- RUS will provide background on the NOFOs for PACE and New ERA that were published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2023.

Recorded: USDA RD’s REAP Inflation Reduction Act Webinar and Frequently Asked Questions

5/31: Rural Gateway Peer-to-Peer Webinar: Understanding the USDA - Rural Development Inflation Reduction Act Funding Opportunity for Rural Communities. Please pre-register to receive a joining link. Questions: Call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526)

Recorded:What the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Means for Energy CommunitiesInteragency Working Group (IWG) on Coal & Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization offered this two-part webinar series exploring the historic investments in the IRA featuring multiple Federal program funds, including tax credits, relevant to energy communities.

10/16–18: ACEEE: Energy Efficiency as a Resource (Philadelphia, PA)  



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