Huron, SD, Aug 22, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development will host an informational booth at the 2013 State Fair in SD on August 29, 2013 in conjunction with Value Added Agriculture Day. Information will be available regarding the programs offered by the agency from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The booth will be located in the Value Added Ag tent near the Freedom Stage.
“We invite you to stop by our booth to visit with staff regarding the many programs available through USDA Rural Development,” said Elsie M. Meeks, USDA Rural Development State Director. “USDA Rural Development staff will be on site to assist fair goers who may have an interest in learning more about all of the great programs our agency offers. We consider it a privilege to assist with making dreams a reality for rural South Dakotans.”
Housing Programs offered by USDA Rural Development include the guaranteed housing loan program, direct housing loan program, and the home repair and rehabilitation loan and grant program. Assistance is available to low and moderate income families that live in rural areas.
USDA Rural Development’s business and community programs are designed to enhance the growth of economic opportunities of rural areas by providing the means for construction, expansion, or enhancement of community facilities, telecommunication and distance education programs, water and waste disposal systems, and business ventures.
USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state that assist rural communities. Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.
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.