The USDA (Dept. of Agriculture) is mandated to help farmers and rural parts of the country develop and prosper. One method is through USDA Rural Development loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; high-speed internet access, and community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care.
Recent efforts include awarding a total of $1,684,647 in grants to rural Iowa farmers, ag producers, small businesses, and institutions. Other projects range from more than $17.8 million to complete improvements to the Cape Girardeau County Reorganized Common Sewer District’s centralized sewer treatment system, benefiting 3,723 residents in its service area to a $4.1 million loan to improve the water quality and pressure in the Four Corners and Rio Brazos service areas in Fort Bend County, Texas.