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Leveraging USDA Resources Has Positive Impact On Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate’s Economy

Pictured standing left to right: Sonya Lawrence – homeowner; Rural Development Area Specialist Roxanne Woodring; Rural Development Area Director Bruce Jones; Lincoln and Devola Bird and family - homeowners; JC Crawford - Native Homes (Contractor); Dustin LaFromboise and family – homeowners; Jasmin Zetina and family – homeowners; Homes Are Possible, Inc. Executive Director Jeff Mitchell; kneeling left to right: family of homeowner Sonya Lawrence (2 children kneeling at left); Angie Johnson - SWO Homeowner Program; Christina Eberhart - homeowner; Rural Development Area Specialist Janell Telin; and Robert LaCroix and family – homeowners….five of the families will have homes in the subdivision of Long Hollow on the SWO reservation and one family will have a home in Watertown.

I was honored to attend the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Annual Homebuyers Fair on June 20, 2012 in Sisseton, South Dakota.  Although the previous evening and early morning rain saturated the ground, it didn’t stop the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate from having a successful event. June is homeownership month, and  USDA Rural Development was on-site at the fair to remind rural residents of the opportunities to purchase, repair and refinance homes in rural areas. Read more »

USDA Helps Improve Medical Care Access and Educational Opportunities in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Jennifer Witting, nurse at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium, Michigan, with newly installed telemedicine equipment. The equipment enables nurses and doctors at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital to consult specialists at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, Wis. while with their patients.


June is Dairy Month and Wisconsin is a national leader in agricultural production with dairy farming being the number one agricultural activity in the State. Wisconsin has more than 76,000 farms dotting its rural landscape, supporting communities, families and businesses of all size.Critical to the future of rural Wisconsin is modern infrastructure, state of the art technologies, and advanced education opportunities. Read more »

USDA Officials Discuss Housing Opportunities During the 38th Annual National American Indian Housing Council Conference in Alaska

June is Homeownership Month in America.

 Earlier this month, representatives of Native American Tribes traveled from as far away as Massachusetts to Anchorage, Alaska, to attend the three-day National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Conference.  Now in its 38th year, the main theme was housing which is a basic human need. Read more »

With USDA Support, GE Aviation Considers a Renewable Jet Fuel Investment in Ohio

GE90-115B, the largest and most powerful engine in the world. GE90-115B and GE90-110B engines are the only engine powering the Boeing 777-200LR and the 777-300ER twin-jet aircraft.

GE Aviation is collaborating with USDA Rural Development, the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), air carriers and producer groups to investigate opportunities for an Ohio or Midwest-regional approach to providing renewable-jet fuel in support of production engine testing at GE Aviation’s sprawling Cincinnati-area facilities. GE Aviation anticipates purchasing up to 5 million gallons of renewable-jet fuel beginning in 2015. Read more »

Nominate an Anti-Hunger Champion working at Home or Abroad

Hunger is not an abstract idea. It is a reality affecting the lives of millions of Americans every single day. And it hits our children particularly hard, with over 16 million kids in our country experiencing food insecurity each year. Internationally, nearly 1 billion people across the globe will go to bed hungry tonight and 200 million of them are children.  We can all play a role within our communities to ensure that no man, woman, or child faces hunger. Read more »

USDA Housing Administrator Visits Nevada Families as they Build Their Own Homes

Juan Muro and Juana Salas and their baby daughter look at the Certificate of Appreciation they received as one of the families breaking ground on a new home June 14, 2012 in Mesquite Nevada at the Color Country Self Help Housing Celebration. Juan and Juana will begin work on their new home this week.

June is homownership month and you could say the Nevada heat drove everyone under the tent together. With mercury touching 103 degrees, the tent at the Color Country Self-Help Housing development in Mesquite, Nevada, was a good source of shade, but it could not chill the sense of pride and excitement that pulsed through the crowd. Read more »