USDA will be holding six listening sessions in September to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs. The programs are the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program, the Water and Waste Disposal Guaranteed Loan Program, the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and the Rural Energy for America Program. The proposed changes will simplify the application process, accelerate the loan approval processes, and increase the amount of capital available in rural communities. The listening sessions are scheduled for locations across the country and it is possible to attend virtually, as well. More information on how to comment is available online.