USDA Press Release

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Socially Disadvantaged Rural Businesses

June 7, 2016 – USDA Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to provide assistance to socially-disadvantaged business groups in rural areas.
“One of USDA Rural Development’s missions is to provide assistance that will increase the economic conditions of rural communities,” said Valentin.  “These grants allow eligible applicants to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas and in turn, promote job creation and improve their operations.”

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation: Partner with USDA to Feed More Kids

May 19, 2016 - In 2015, about 22 million American children depended on free or reduced-price school lunches. When school lets out for the summer, many of these children do not get enough to eat and become at risk of all the health issues associated with hunger.  Child poverty and hunger are persistent problems in rural America. 

USDA Tips for Reducing Food Waste and Preventing Illness

April 21, 2016 – As Earth Day approaches, did you know USDA has an app that can help you save money and help the environment? Or that there are some simple steps you can take in the kitchen to help you serve safer food and to help you reduce resource use and utility bills? This spring, the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations to help consumers reduce foodborne illness, resource use, and unnecessary spending for Earth Day.

USDA Seeks Applications for Nearly $12 Million in Broadband Grants for Rural Communities

April 20, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that USDA is soliciting applications for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect program. Community Connect is administered by USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and helps to fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not economically viable for private sector providers to provide service. 

USDA Awards Loans to Boost Rural Economic Development in Five States

February 24, 2016  – As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ongoing efforts to boost opportunity in rural communities, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded six low-interest loans to local governments and community organizations that will spur rural economic development in five states. Secretary Vilsack announced the awards at the Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties during a seminar with the White House Rural Council.


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