In their one December 2018 Regular Session,
they couldn’t bring themselves to reject a rezoning, but
they did require still larger lot sizes, for
the Val Del Road rezoning.
That was the most elaborate series of motions I’ve seen on anything
in the dozen years I’ve been following the Lowndes County Commission.
It even exceeds the time somebody tried to rezone next to my west field
and they denied that one by not voting.
Molly Stevenson, Engineering/Planning Technician,
reminded Commissioners that the main reason for the Val Del Road
is to be able to subdivide at a greater density.
Then she recited the reasons to deny it.
Chairman Bill Slaughter reminded Commissioners they’d tabled it twice, and
“I’d very much like to get this resolved at this meeting.”
By which he meant the Regular Session this evening at 5:30 PM,
not the Work Session yesterday morning at which he said that.
At least one Commissioner
had a question.
The agenda sheet says “the applicant’s conceptual site plan is attached.”
But of course we the taxpaying, traffic-affected, and water-drinking public don’t get to see it.
Why the Lowndes County Commission considering rezoning for a subdivision
that its own staff says doesn’t fit the Comprehensive Plan Character Area,
is outside the Urban Service Area, would add significant traffic, and many neighbors spoke against it, plus the Planning Commission recommended denial?
The Commission tabled in October, and again in November, when
Commissioners asked for an update, but now staff says, “There are no updates to the overall case status.”
If they can’t deny this one, what rezoning can they ever deny?
Applications are being accepted now for
grants from the
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
Bryan Zulko, the amount of funds available
is still being worked out, and an announcement is expected in
Meanwhile, the number of applications is low this year.
To me that means that if you want to apply, you’ve
got a better chance than usual of getting in.
Section 9007 of the 2008 Farm Bill established a grant, loan, and
loan guarantee program to assist eligible farmers, ranchers, and
rural small businesses in purchasing renewable energy systems and
for making energy efficiency improvements.
Received yesterday from Jerome Tucker
about the USDA
“Unfortunately, 90 percent of America’s persistent poverty counties are in rural America. USDA’s StrikeForce
aims to increase investment in rural communities for technical assistance and other resources in priority, poverty-stricken communities.” -jsq
Thursday, May 23, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Individual media interview time will be from
Fort Valley State University
Agricultural Technology Conference Center,
Camp John Hope Road, Fort Valley, GA 31030
This free meeting is open to the general public,
partners and members of the press to get a better
understanding of this expanding USDA initiative and
to learn where it's heading in Georgia!
The Lowndes County Ham and Eggs show is
the only one in Georgia and
one of only two in the country. Now, you might wonder why? Many
folks are interested in good, local foods and the craft of curing
meats. Well, it has to do with regulations and having the hogs
slaughtered and cured in USDA certified facilities.
Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
today announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations,
beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under
$35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the
progress of producers through their start-up years by providing
needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may
eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their
operations. The microloan program will also provide a less
burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to
traditional farm loans.
“I have met several small and beginning farmers, returning
veterans and disadvantaged producers interested in careers in
farming who too often must rely on credit cards or personal loans
with high interest rates to finance their start-up
operations,” said Vilsack.“By further expanding access
to credit to those just starting to put down roots in farming, USDA
continues to help grow a new generation of farmers, while ensuring
the strength of an American agriculture sector that drives our
economy, creates jobs, and provides the most secure and affordable
food supply in the world.”
The new microloans, said Vilsack, represent how USDA continues to
make year-over-year gains in expanding credit opportunities for
minority, socially-disadvantaged and young and beginning farmers and
ranchers across the United States. The final rule establishing the
microloan program will be published in the Jan. 17 issue of the
Administered through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Operating Loan
Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program – Application deadline:
Nov 28, 2012
Grants to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition.
Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA) – Application deadline: Dec 3, 2012
Grants to recognize exemplary and innovative revitalization achievements in revitalization of historic and older neighborhood commercial districts using a community-driven, historic-preservation based approach.
Received 12 October 2012 from Tim Carroll from Mara Register from Larry Hanson.
Lowndes County Partnership for Health
has received a $96,858 grant
from the USDA to continue to develop Farm Days Farmers Market, establish
agricultural center that will serve the agri-science educational needs
of area students and provide low cost fresh produce to primarily low
income populations in our area. In addition this project will aggregate
commodities from surrounding farms for distribution which will support
economic development among area farmers.
The grant will pay for a full
time farm manager over two years, a portable vegetable stand to be
used on a distribution route, travel cost associated with distribution
route, and promotional and educational materials for Farm days and the
agricultural center. City of Valdosta staff assisted in the effort in
the preparation of the grant application. This project has grown out
of the partnership between the City, the South Health District and the
Partnership for Health with the Farm Days Farmers Market. The last
market day for the year will be held on Saturday, October 20th.
$96,858 to Lowndes County Partnership for Health, Inc., Valdosta,
GA, for a community‐supported agricultural center that will serve
as a food hub and educational center to increase access to
affordable, nutritious, local food in low‐income food deserts in
South Georgia by purchasing a mobile farmers market van, offering
a series of workshops to train vendors, and establishing
community gardens for resident use.
That’s good news!
But please, can we not use this grant to move the location
of Valdosta Farm Days?
It’s got a great site right where it is, around the historic
Lowndes County Courthouse.