Vilsack Highlights Rural Development’s Accomplishments Through 2012 Investments

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a report Wednesday highlighting investments through USDA Rural Development in job creation, businesses, infrastructure and housing for rural communities during Fiscal Year 2012. Rural Development has provided affordable housing, improved utility infrastructure and helped create jobs, build rural economies and increase the quality of life in rural areas through more than 176-billion dollars in loans and loan guarantees. Vilsack says President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment in rural communities that have made them stronger. This past year - Rural Development assisted more than 270-thousand low and very low income families live in safe, multi-family housing and also helped nearly 17-hundred families move into new apartment units. For more information on the accomplishments of USDA's Rural Development in 2012 - go to www dot rur dev dot usda dot gov (www.rurdev.usda.gov).

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