Morgantown, WV, Apr 01, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Community Facilities Direct Loan of $210,000 to the Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Upshur County, WV. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today's announcement is one part of the Department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
Rural Development funds will be used to assist in purchasing a new 2013 Class A Pumper Truck. This will replace a 30 year old pumper that no longer meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code. The new truck will carry an additional 250 gallons of water over the existing truck.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration, the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.