The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that the organization is “investing more than $124 million (PDF, 155.4 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure in 23 states.”  The news comes a year after “President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities.”

In an attempt to support some of America’s hardest hit individuals during President Trump’s tariff ramp up, for fiscal year 2018, “Congress provided a historic level of funding for water and wastewater infrastructure. The 2018 Omnibus spending bill includes $5.2 billion for USDA loans and grants, up from $1.8 billion in FY 2017. ”

The USDA will provide “the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.”

The funding that USDA announced will benefit communities in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and West Virginia.

For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

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