Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday announced the release of a new state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report detailing USDA investments in rural communities.
Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. Factsheets also touch on USDA investment in infrastructure and broadband.
"This report shows what investment in rural America means in real terms for families and businesses across the country," Vilsack said. He noted that the factsheets touch on employment, housing, communications and utility investments.
These fact sheets reflect the "four pillars" of a new economy in rural America, USDA says: developing a robust bio-based economy; promoting exports and production agriculture fueled by increased productivity and research; encouraging conservation including land management, stewardship and outdoor recreational opportunities; and building a strong local and regional food system to harness entrepreneurial innovation and help small and medium-sized family farms succeed in rural America.