News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021478
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
(APRIL 25, 2013) RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROMOTES RESOURCE PRESERVATION
Hawk Point, MO, Apr 25, 2013 --

@@Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced funding for the City of Hawk Point. The city received a Waste Disposal loan, Water Loan and a Water Grant. The announcement was made in celebration of Earth Day.

"We are stewards of the earth. Projects such as Hawk Point’s emphasize this fact,” Dunning said. “As temporary residents of this planet, we must recognize the need to protect and preserve the natural resources we have been given. Rural Development has established priorities for funding projects which prevent damage to the environment and enhance the quality of life of residents of rural areas by preserving natural resources. Hawk Point is an excellent example of applying those priorities."

Rural Development approved a wastewater loan of $1,200,000, a water loan of $1,155,000 and a water grant of $495,000. Funds will purchase land and construct a new land irrigation treatment facility, construct a 100,000 gallon tank, drill a new well and replace some distribution lines.

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's new interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. To learn more about Earth Day visit www.earthday.org.

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 that 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, has an active portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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.

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