The ASRC Federal team supporting the United States Department of Agriculture in St. Louis, Missouri, has delivered a new Salesforce platform-based application in support of USDA’s Rural Development Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP).
HBIIP aims to increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. The program will help rural communities build robust and sustainable economies.
The application, launched in late May, allows rural businesses to quickly and easily apply for federal grant set asides as part of the HBIIP. The application also serves as means for USDA leadership to track grant data and other program requirements and streamlines previous, paper-based management of HBIPP grants supporting the agency’s digital modernization efforts.
ASRC Federal’s team of software and application developers performed full life cycle development and deployment, from gathering business requirements to final production in just under three months.
“Our team has been supporting complex USDA missions for over a decade and we are proud to bring forward technology solutions that allow improved delivery of services to farmers and rural communities,” said Jennifer Felix, ASRC Federal president and CEO. “Through collaborative efforts with Rural Development stakeholders and our Salesforce implementation experts - we delivered a technology solution that will help farmers and rural communities while strengthening our country’s energy independence.”
USDA’s Rural Development programs offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, water, electric and communications infrastructure.