News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021751
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Grafton, Nebraska, Aug 06, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development will provide the Village of Grafton with a total of $690,000 in loan and grant funds to replace a high nitrate well and an existing building housing the pneumatic tank. The funds will also install water meters and refinance existing debt. 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.

“We are grateful for this opportunity through the USDA Rural Development that allows us to complete our water project. Good drinking water is vital to all communities, and our small Village will greatly benefit from these funds,” said Chairperson Jim Baumann, Village of Grafton.

“The funding will help to improve the Village’s overall water infrastructure that is a critical asset to a community,” said Community Programs Specialist Roberta Mues, USDA Rural Development.

USDA Rural Development funds were provided through its Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. For more information contact Roberta Mues at (308) 237-3118 ext. 1128 or Visit

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 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 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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