News Release
Release No.STELPRD4022914
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
Lamar, MO, Nov 26, 2013 --

@@On November 26, 2013, USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning announced funding for the Lamar Sheltered Workshop. Rural Development approved a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) of $20,000.

"Our society tends to be a throw-away society. We have grown accustomed to convenience and speed. Along with these expectations increased product packaging has appeared. This packaging needs to be discarded following the product’s use which usually means disposal in a landfill,” Dunning said. “Lamar Sheltered Workshop has undertaken a project to reduce the amount of product packaging arriving at a landfill. While our products do have more packaging due to convenience, a large portion of the packaging is recyclable. Lamar Sheltered Workshop knows this and is taking the initiative to capture packaging avaiable for recycling and reuse. We applaud their efforts."

Rural Development funds were used to purchase recycling bins, bin trailers, and a ¾ ton truck utilized in recovering recycling products such as paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin, clothing, and plastics. This will assist in the current recycling route served in Lamar and the surrounding towns/counties.

“I am pleased that the Lamar Sheltered Workshop is benefitting from this generous USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4). “Sheltered workshops provide employment to many good citizens of Missouri’s Fourth District. This money will greatly assist the Sheltered Workshop and its 35 employees as they conduct recycling operations.”

The RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBEGs may fund a broad array of activities.

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 other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's interactive web map at The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2012. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website 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 that stands as the backbone of our American values.


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