MORGANTOWN, WV, Aug 26, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Technical Assistance and Training Grant of $645,025 for West Virginia University Research Corporation, Monongalia 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 continue the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse program. The program provides quality information for regulatory compliance; information for sustainable water services; and information for improving small system security and emergency response plans.
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.