On November 9th, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA is investing more than $1.2 billion in loans and grants to spur economic development; catalyze rural prosperity; and advance equity through rural cooperatives in 36 states and Puerto Rico. Among the awards were several projects impacting California, including a rural development grant of $25 million to support the construction and development of a four-story hotel located in RCRC’s member county of San Luis Obispo, and a Value-Added Producer Grant for Sunsweet Growers Inc., headquartered in Placer County.   For more information, and additional projects impacting California, see the full list here.