It should be noted that the agencies agreed to “exchange information and discuss ways to increase lending to small-scale agricultural producers and other borrowers who supply locally grown products or play a role in the local food chain.” Given the growing demand for local food and the decline in FSA and rd resources over the years, these inter-institutional efforts are coming at a critical time. Cooperation between the USDA and other federal authorities will be important in continuing to provide farmers and ranchers with access to credit and other aid, thereby contributing to the maintenance and development of agricultural enterprises and other rural enterprises. To file a discrimination complaint based on the program, complete the USDA Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online with www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and in each usda office, or write a letter to USDA and include all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the claim form, call (866) 632-9992. Send your completed form or letter to USDA bis: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2. An investment of equity or other resources of the borrower in the project up to 10% or more of the total cost of the eligible project (this investment may include subordinated grants or debt where there is a status quo agreement); or Mark Brodziski, Acting Administrator, Rural Business and Cooperative Service, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop Washington, DC 20250-3221; e-mail: email@example.com; Phone (202) 205-0903.
For more information: more information on rural development and its programmes is available at the www.rd.usda.gov. (3) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 4279.161 (b), no proposed loan contract is required, a business plan or feasibility study is not required, and lenders may replace and rely on the borrower`s tax returns if the borrower has not received financial statements prepared in accordance with the GAAP. The financial data of agricultural producers must be consistent with the industry`s usual accounting practices. This provisional final rule was reviewed in accordance with the requirements of Executive Order 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments.” Executive Order 13175 requires federal authorities to consult and coordinate federal authorities at the government level on policy measures with tribal consequences, including regulations, legislative comments or legislative proposals, and other political statements or acts that have a significant direct impact on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the federal government and Native American tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibility between the federal government and Indian tribes.