News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018515
ContactKaren Lawson(318) 473-7917
Alexandria, Sep 12, 2012 --

@@The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Office in Alexandria, Louisiana, announces a change in the services being provided to rural residents of St. Charles, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. John Parishes.

USDA Rural Development will no longer maintain a presence once a month in the USDA Boutte Office located at 14246 Highway 90, Boutte, Louisiana. Effective September 30, 2012, residents of these parishes will be served by the USDA Rural Development Area Office, 805 West Oak Street, Room 3, Amite, Louisiana,

(985) 748-8751, Extension 4. The needs of the residents of these rural parishes will continue to receive the same high level service.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Further information on USDA Rural Development’s loan and grant programs can be obtained by visiting Rural Development’s web site at:  The Louisiana USDA Rural Development State Office is located at 3727 Government Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302, and the telephone number is (318) 473-7920. There are four area offices located throughout the state to serve Louisiana residents.