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USDA Rural Development Puerto Rico Joins With NRCS to Feed Families

USDA Employees in Puerto Rico collect food as part of the "Feds Feed Families" food drive.

USDA Employees in Puerto Rico collect food as part of the "Feds Feed Families" food drive.

We recently marked the final day of Feds Feed Families Campaign.

José Otero-García, USDA Rural Development State Director for Puerto Rico, led the efforts of the Campaign that included the help from our sister Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We collected 500 pounds of food and more is on the way. Read more »

Little Colorado Medical Center in Arizona Will Provide Improved Medical Services and Create Jobs

In the 14th century the Hisat’sinom people, ancestors of the Hopis, found themselves on the sandy slopes of a rich flood plain while on their migration north. This beautiful location in the Little Colorado River Valley was so compelling that the people stayed and established a community they called Homolovi—“Place of the Little Hills”. Read more »

USDA Recovery Act Grant Helps Establish a Telepharmacy to Help Seniors, Town Residents, in Minnesota

Bryan Hagen, right, of Sterling Drug discusses a new telepharmacy in Adrian, Minn., with Nate Arch from Sen. Al Franken’s office, USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer and Matt Wohlman from Rep. Tim Walz’s office.

Bryan Hagen, right, of Sterling Drug discusses a new telepharmacy in Adrian, Minn., with Nate Arch from Sen. Al Franken’s office, USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer and Matt Wohlman from Rep. Tim Walz’s office.

For most of its 130-year existence, the city of Adrian, Minn., has had the services of a hometown pharmacist. That is, until the local pharmacy was forced to close in 2008. Read more »

“Through My Eyes”-A Missouri Community Gets a New Hospital With USDA and Recovery Act Funding Support

The Flag is raised in front of a new hospital in Missouri, funded with support from USDA Rural Development

The Flag is raised in front of a new hospital in Missouri, funded with support from USDA Rural Development

I am winding through rural roads in extreme northwest Missouri, away from any large city, in the middle of the country, basically out in the middle of nowhere as some would say, and I am thinking about the investment Rural Development is making; thinking about the amount of money we have provided to the community of Fairfax, population 645 and the county of Atchison, population 6,430. The total investment is almost $39 million for a new hospital, regional wholesale water system, and city distribution system. Read more »

Agroforestry Means Food Prosperity….and More!

Nicola Macpherson is the owner of Ozark Forest Mushrooms in Salem, Missouri. With the assistance of her state’s forestry agency, a Forest Stewardship Plan was developed to help her sustainably manage the forest and produce wholesome mushroom products at the same time.

Imagine an open field of vegetables and greens, exposed to the sun and the wind on the outskirts of your town.  Now imagine a row of trees sheltering the crops from hot dry winds and producing more marketable melons than in open fields; more snap beans earlier and later in the season when prices are higher. Read more »

USDA Utah Rural Development Participates in Consultation with Tribes

Tribal Consultation:  Front row, left to right, Phillip Chimburas, Ute Indian Tribe; Ernest House, Chairman, Ute Mountain; Leona Eyetoo, South Ute Tribe; Jeanine Borchardt, Chairwoman, Paiute Tribe; Jessica Zufolo, Deputy Administrator, Rural Utilities Service; Forrest S. Cuch, Director, Division of Indian Affairs:  Madeline Greymountain, Tribal Council Member, Confederate Tribes of Goshute Reservations. Back row: Kenneth Maryboy, Navajo, UTL Chair; Dave Conine, Utah State Director, USDA Rural Development; Utah LT. Governor Greg Bell; Leonard Gorman , Executive Director Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission.

Tribal Consultation: Front row, left to right, Phillip Chimburas, Ute Indian Tribe; Ernest House, Chairman, Ute Mountain; Leona Eyetoo, South Ute Tribe; Jeanine Borchardt, Chairwoman, Paiute Tribe; Jessica Zufolo, Deputy Administrator, Rural Utilities Service; Forrest S. Cuch, Director, Division of Indian Affairs: Madeline Greymountain, Tribal Council Member, Confederate Tribes of Goshute Reservations. Back row: Kenneth Maryboy, Navajo, UTL Chair; Dave Conine, Utah State Director, USDA Rural Development; Utah LT. Governor Greg Bell; Leonard Gorman , Executive Director Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission.

USDA Rural Development officials joined Greg Bell, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Utah recently at the 2010 Native American Summit held in Ogden.  This historic gathering provided an opportunity to meet with Utah’s tribal Leaders, and explore the means available for USDA to become a more effective partner in delivering services and addressing tribal needs. Read more »