News Release
Release No.STELPRD4019914
ContactVernon Brown(859) 224-7344
LEXINGTON, Ky, Mar 18, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced a $38,250 grant to the Mudlick Volunteer Fire Department to purchase an Emergency One Pumper Fire Truck to replace an existing aged and unreliable vehicle.

"USDA is proud to work in partnership with fire department officials to improve the Mudlick Volunteer Fire Department’s fire and rescue response capabilities," said Fern.

Fern added the Mudlick Volunteer Fire Department will provide $12,750 toward the total costs of $51,000 for the replacement equipment. The volunteer fire department serves a rural population of approximately 1,866 in rural Monroe County, one of Kentucky's persistent poverty counties.

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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 $181 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.