USDA celebrates its support of America's rural communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) started 2016 off with a new story-telling project focused on the nationwide accomplishments from nearly eight years of USDA investment to rebuild rural America. 

Each month will focus on a different sector of America’s rural and urban communities, starting with January’s focus on farmers and ranchers who ensure our food is safe, plentiful and nutritious.

"Whether improving domestic and international access to food, promoting nutrition and safety of our food supply, conserving our natural resources, advancing agricultural exports, or developing the rural economy, USDA helps Americans to lead better lives," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "I know that I’m not alone in the pride I take in rural America, American agriculture and what USDA employees do to make a difference in the lives of Americans every day. I’m pleased to share with you this yearlong reflection on the results achieved over the course of this administration, and I hope you enjoy it too."

The project will focus on how President Barack Obama's administration has helped the USDA make targeted investments to help rural businesses grow with projects like affordable housing, energy-efficiency and availability, clean and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems, reliable Internet access, and loans and grants for rural businesses.

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