USDA Releases New “Made in Rural America” Report for Indiana
New Data Demonstrates Obama Administration's Commitment to America’s Rural Economy
INDIANAPOLIS, October 23, 2014 - On behalf of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, USDA Rural Development announced new data highlighting USDA investments in rural Indiana. This data summarizes specific USDA investments in rural Indiana’s businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. It also outlines how USDA is helping rural Indiana attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband. This information is part of USDA’s national "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural America.
In Indiana, USDA has made investments to help 490 rural businesses thrive and grow, including $11.4 million investment in rural manufacturing alone. Rural manufacturing supports 151,633 jobs in Indiana. In addition, USDA has helped 32,669 families purchase or repair homes and has invested $320.6 million to support efficient water support, treatment and storage facilities, and wastewater treatment systems. This investment has improved the health of thousands of rural Hoosiers who now have access to clean water and reliable sanitation.
More information is available at www.usda.gov/opportunity.
The “Made in Rural America” report reflects USDA’s efforts to strengthen the "four pillars" of a new economy in rural America by 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.