News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018516
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 Calcasieu, Beauregard, and Cameron Parishes.

USDA Rural Development will no longer maintain a presence once a month in the USDA Lake Charles Office located at Natali Building, 1400 Gerstner Memorial Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Effective September 30, 2012, residents of these parishes will be served by the USDA Rural Development Area Office, Whitney National Bank, 905 Jefferson Street, Suite 320, Lafayette, Louisiana, (337) 262-6601, Extension 4. The needs of the residents of these rural parishes will continue to receive the same high level service.

For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at:

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.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender, provider, and employer. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9140.