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USDA announces funds for rural water, environmental projects

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Funds from the government should help water systems in rural areas.
Funds from the government should help water systems in rural areas.

Farm equipment can't do much good much good if producers don't have the water they need, and recent grants may help make sure rural areas have the proper infrastructure.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, $116.9 million in loans and grants for rural water and environmental projects was recently awarded, funds that came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects span from increasing water systems in Alabama to improving water quality in Pennsylvania. In all, projects in 19 states will receive funds.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that funds from the ARRA will help create jobs and create infrastructure in rural communities. So far, $2.08 billion in Recovery Act funding has gone to rural water and environmental efforts.

"Recovery Act projects are helping rural communities of all sizes build a foundation for economic strength, future prosperity, and a healthy environment," Vilsack said.

According to the government's website, more than $158.7 billion in Recover Act funds has been awarded through federal contracts, while more than $36.6 billion has been received by recipients.

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