USDA Plows $40M Into Rural Infrastructure
The United States Department of Agriculture is plowing almost $40 million into rural American infrastructure to improve residents' health, education and job training.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants of almost $40 million for 128 projects to increase access to job training , educational and healthcare services in rural areas -- and the broadband access infrastructure required to access them.
USDA Secretary Perdue said. "Distance learning and telemedicine technology bridge the gap that often exists between rural communities and essential education, workforce training and health care resources."
USDA is awarding $39.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. More than 4.5 million residents in 40 states and three territories will benefit from the funding.
Below are summaries of two of the USDA’s investments in rural communities:
This investment is based on a list of 31 recommendations the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity presented to the president in January 2018. Established in April 2017 by President Donald Trump, the agency is designed to identify changes to laws and policies that could improve the rural economy and health.
"Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force," according to USDA.
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