While farm equipment plays an important role for many who live in rural communities, other pieces of machinery can also carry a lot of water for these parts of the country.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced communities in 26 states are going to get the benefit of additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money will be used to purchase equipment and construct facilities for public safety projects, including those associated with police and fire services that watch over rural areas.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the Obama administration has worked to provide funds for public safety projects across the country. These projects, he said, provide improvements in infrastructure and job creation.
"Through the Recovery Act, communities can build and upgrade public safety buildings to improve security while at the same time providing the services needed to attract business and create economic opportunities," Vilsack said.
Other funds from the ARRA have gone to help rural communities improve their broadband capabilities to better connect them with the rest of the country.