Topeka, Kan., Nov 01, 2013 -- Christie McReynolds with USDA Rural Development was in Pittsburg today to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new pavilion building to house the Pittsburg Farmer’s Market.
USDA Rural Development is assisting by providing $110,000 loan and $82,000 grant to the Pittsburg Farmer’s Market, Inc. The funds are being provided through the Agency’s Community Facilities Program.
“We are pleased to be assisting with the Pittsburg Farmer’s Market pavilion building that will provide citizens of Pittsburg and surrounding areas with increased access to locally grown food,” said Patty Clark USDA Rural Development State Director in Kansas. “This federal investment will help to create additional opportunities for local and regional food producers to sell their products, and will provide customers with a facility where they can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. Local/Regional food projects such as this can improve the health of southeast Kansas, which is an important element of a vibrant and growing economy.”
USDA’s Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be $234,300 and should be completed in the spring of 2014. The City of Pittsburg is also providing the Pittsburg Farmer’s Market with a $41,000 forgivable loan from the city’s revolving loan fund.
USDA Rural Development has numerous loan and grant programs available to assist organizations or producers who are involved in local food production and regional food systems.
This use of USDA Rural Development funding is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs from rural America. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stresses that a comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy. He said that's just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
For more information about USDA Rural Development please call (785) 271-2700 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/KS.
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.
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.
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