Morgantown, WV, Jul 10, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $36,000 for Tamarack Foundation, Inc., Kanawha 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 the continuation of the Foundation's "Urban Markets Program." The project will provide direct technical assistance to artisans in expanding their marketing presence on a national scale through the 2013 "Buyers Market."
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.