Amends the Agricultural Act of 1961 to revise and reorganize the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.
Eliminates the 10,000 population eligibility limit for rural water and waste disposal grants and loans, and the 20,000 population eligibility limit for rural community facility grants and loans (thus providing such assistance to rural areas with a population limit of 50,000).
Revises criteria for determining areas "rural in character."
Authorizes a unit of local government in an urbanized area, or the Under Secretary for Rural Development, to determine that part of an area is rural.
Revises the definition of "state."
Authorizes appropriations through FY2017 for: (1) water and waste disposal grants, loans, and loan guarantees; and (2) revolving funds for financing water and wastewater projects.
Authorizes appropriations through FY2017 for the emergency and imminent community water assistance program.
Revises the water and waste facility loans and grants to alleviate health risks program to: (1) increase the authorization of appropriations for loans and for grants; (2) make assistance available to rural or native villages in Alaska and Native Hawaiian Home Lands; (3) require matching funds from specified entities; and (4) establish preferences for certain Indian reservations, rural or native villages in Alaska, Native Hawaiian Home Lands, and rural subdivisions (colonias).
Provides funding through FY2017 for solid waste management grants.
Authorizes appropriations for: (1) rural water and wastewater technical assistance and training programs, and (2) the rural water and wastewater circuit rider program.
Authorizes funding for the special evaluation assistance for rural communities and households (SEARCH) program.
Authorizes appropriations for rural water and waste disposal loans, loan guarantees, and grants.
Replaces the community facilities grant program with a community facilities loan, loan guarantee, and grant program which shall:
(1) make assistance available to associations, Indian tribes, and public and quasi-public agencies;
(2) provide debt restructuring and loan servicing for delinquent community facility program loans to hospitals and health care facilities;
(3) give priority to rural communities that have a population of less than 20,000 permanent residents, are experiencing outmigration, have a high percentage of low-income residents, or are isolated from other significant population centers;
(4) authorize grants to tribal colleges and universities; and
(5) authorize program appropriations.
Authorizes appropriations through FY2017 for the Delta Regional Authority.
Combines and revises the rural business opportunity grant program and the rural business enterprise grant program into the rural business development grant program.
Authorizes rural business development grants to be made to governmental entities, Indian tribes, and nonprofit entities: (1) for specified business opportunity projects; and (2) to finance small and emerging business development, rural distance learning, and job training. Authorizes appropriations through FY2017.
Revises the value-added producer grant program, including establishing priority for projects in which at least 25% of the recipients are beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers. Authorizes appropriations through FY2017. Provides program funding for FY2014 through FY2017.
Revises the rural cooperative development grant program to: (1) authorize appropriations through FY2017; (2) exclude from the definition of "United States" the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the other U.S. territories and possessions; and (3) direct the Secretary to chair an interagency working group to ensure coordination with appropriate federal agencies and national and local cooperative organizations.
Authorizes appropriations through FY2017 for the appropriate technology transfer for rural areas program.
Authorizes appropriations and provides funding for the business and industry direct and guaranteed loan program through FY2017. Increases the initial fee to 3%.
Authorizes appropriations through FY2017 for the intermediate relending program.
Authorizes appropriations and provides funding for the micro-entrepreneur assistance program through FY2017.
Revises the rural business investment program to: (1) authorize program appropriations through FY2017, (2) revise rural business investment company capital requirements, (3) subject rural business investment companies to examination, and (4) revise reporting requirements.
Sets forth general provisions for loans and grants.
Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) give priority to multi-jurisdictional community and economic development plans; and (2) guarantee a loan made by any federal or state chartered bank, savings and loan association, cooperative lending agency, or other legally organized lending agency.
Authorizes the Secretary to designate additional rural economic area partnership zones with priority given to rural areas with excessive unemployment or underemployment, a high percentage of low-income residents, or high rates of outmigration.
Directs the Secretary to streamline application procedures.
Directs the Secretary to support the state rural development partnership (comprised of state rural development councils) in order to build the capacity of states, regions, and rural communities to design responses to their rural development needs in a manner that maximizes collaborative public- and private-sector cooperation and minimizes regulatory redundancy.
(1) federal cooperation and financial assistance,
(2) the creation of state rural development councils, and
(3) authorization of appropriations through FY2017. Terminates such provisions on September 30, 2017.
Authorizes appropriations through FY2017 for: (1) the Delta Regional Authority, and (2) the Northern Great Plains Regional Authority. Terminates the Authorities on October 1, 2017.
Directs the Secretary to establish a certified lenders program.