Investments support 64 projects across Wisconsin
COTTAGE GROVE, Wis., Nov. 2, 2023 - Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Xochitl Torres Small today announced $19.5 million in investments across three U.S. Department of Agriculture initiatives that are helping farmers adopt new climate-smart agricultural practices, supporting community infrastructure, and increasing economic development in rural Wisconsin towns and communities.
"Thanks to President Biden's historic investment in rural America, USDA is providing new opportunities for rural people in their hometowns," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Torres Small. "USDA is investing in farmers to promote growth and build a stronger, more sustainable economy for people in rural communities throughout Wisconsin and across our country."
Investments in Wisconsin include:
- $11.92 million in rural jobs and infrastructure awards across five projects
- $5 Million to expand access to renewable energy and lower energy costs for rural Americans through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) across 40 projects.
- $2.6 million in Rural Partners Network awards across 19 projects
A full list of projects from today’s announcement is available online.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/wi.
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