United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
Contact: Alec Lloyd
EAST LANSING, June 19, 2012 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager will be in Michigan this week for multiple events highlighting the agency’s role in improving the economy.
Tonsager will tour the Cranberry Park assisted living facility located at 1354 Vienna Road, in Clio on Thursday, June 21 at 1 p.m. The facility received a $1.2 million Rural Business Guaranteed Loan.
He will then visit homeowner Sherion Jones at 543 Sunnyslope Drive in Flushing at 2:30 p.m. to highlight the success of the Direct Loan program. He also will recognize the role of partner lenders Cason Home Loans and Mortgage 1 in the RD Guaranteed Loan program.
On Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m., Tonsager will visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill at 8614 North U.S.-27 in St. Johns to commemorate a $42,024 Value Added Producer Grant to increase the sale of locally-produced hard cider.
Tonsager will then attend the Grow It and Make It stakeholder meeting with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Burton.
USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure 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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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