News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020911
East Lansing, Jun 13, 2013 --

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USDA Commemorates Ribbon-Cutting for Barryton Farmers Market

EAST LANSING, June 13, 2013 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner today commemorated the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Barryton Farmers Market.

“Today’s event is the culmination four years of close collaboration with Barryton, the state and USDA Rural Development,” said Turner. “The transformation of this property is a great example of how we are working to revitalize rural Michigan communities.”

The site of the farmers market was previously a tire dump. In 2009, USDA Rural Development provided a $15,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to study the feasibility of removing the dump and creating an outdoor recreation area on the site. The agency provided a $40,000 RBEG and $60,000 Community Facility loan in 2010 to finance the project.

Additional support was provided by the State of Michigan to help cover the cost of tire disposal as well as a trail, fishing pier and recreational improvements.

USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.  USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs 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.


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