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July 28, 2013

Farm briefs: July 28, 2013

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This month’s meeting will be at the farm of Sam Dyer in Beekmantown. He has many years of experience using a no-till drill to seed hay fields, pastures and cover crops.

Staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Lake Champlain Basin Program will also be on hand to talk about best management practices for using the district’s new no-till drill.

Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County at 561-7450 for directions to the farm and to let staff know you’ll be coming, or e-mail Peter Hagar at phh7@cornell.edu for more information.

USDA has funding available to repair homes

ALBANY — U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Lee Telega has said that funds are available to help repair homes in rural New York.

The Rural Housing Service (RHS) Section 504 Loan and Grant Home Repair Program offers very-low income homeowners living in eligible rural areas, loans to make general home repairs or modifications, which may improve or modernize a home. A one percent interest rate for a maximum term of 20 years may allow eligible homeowners the opportunity to make the home improvements they have been planning. Applicants may obtain multiple loans, with a maximum outstanding loan balance at a given time of $20,000. 

“Improving the quality of life in rural areas is a primary goal of Rural Development,” Telega said. “Our home-repair program helps residents in rural New York improve the reliability, safety and energy efficiency of their homes.”

The announcement is one part of the department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

To be eligible for home-repair loans, an applicant must have the ability to repay the loan, an acceptable credit history and an income that falls within the very-low income category for the size of their household. 

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