News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020552
Lexington, KY, May 08, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced a $7,000 grant to Todd County to address local flooding issues along Elk Fork Creek. The United States Department of Agriculture 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 with debris removal consisting of trees, snags, logs, stumps, and other obstructions, along approximately four miles of Elk Fork Creek. The removal of obstacles is expected to alleviate the frequency and duration of flooding that has historically affected 25-30 homes, nine businesses and numerous roads and bridges in the City of Elkton. The total project cost is $53,000. Remaining funds will be provided by the City of Elkton, Todd County and the State of Kentucky.

“USDA is glad to be assisting residents and businesses in Todd County with improving the flow of Elk Fork Creek,” said Fern. “Saving homes or businesses along Elk Fork Creek from flood waters will be a great improvement in the overall quality of life for these affected residents.”

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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, which 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, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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.

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 $828 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.