News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021443
ContactGail Bennett(304) 366-2921, ext. 214
Morgantown, WV, Jul 10, 2013 --

@@ State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $45,666 for Tucker Community Foundation, Tucker 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 provide support for the Tucker Community Foundation (TCF) - Potomac Highlands Food and Farm Initiative. This initiative is a means to advance key business growth in the local food-related economic sector throughout the Potomac Highlands region of the Mountain State.

The funding will be used to purchase equipment for TCF and the initiative to market and sell locally grown food products in Davis, West Virginia.

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.