News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022254
Lexington, Kentucky, Aug 20, 2013 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern has announced $48,000 in USDA grant funds to assist with the purchase of public safety vehicles for Hart County. The United States Department of Agriculture 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.

USDA funds will be used to purchase five vehicles for the Hart County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicles will replace aging vehicles with high mileage and maintenance costs. The replacement of the aging vehicles will allow more efficient and effective protection and emergency services for rural Hart County, one of Kentucky’s persistent poverty counties. The overall purchase cost for the vehicles is $139,743.

“Efficient and reliable response vehicles is critical to ensuring the overall safety of the community,” said Fern. “I am pleased USDA is able to assist Hart County Fiscal Court with the financing to secure these needed vehicles.”

For information on other projects funded by USDA Rural Development, please visit Rural Development’s interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2012. The data can be found at:

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, which 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, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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.

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.