Community leaders from the Town of Ipswich, South Dakota celebrate the construction of a new water tower.
USDA Rural Development joined Ipswich, South Dakota city officials, congressional staff, partners, and members of the community recently for a “raising of the ball” event. There was excitement in the air as the National Anthem was sung by members of the Ipswich High School chorus, drum roll, and all eyes focused on the crane raising the “ball” to complete the 150,000 gallon elevated tower. This was definitely a site to see as history was in the making in this small rural town – population 943. The original system, including the tower and lines were constructed back in 1910 – 100 years ago. Read more »
Certificate Presentation: Row 1 (l to r): Hardy Telecommunications General Manager D. Scott Sherman and USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Lewis. Row 2 (l to r): Gerald Smith, Board Director; Arlie W. Funk, Board Secretary; Phyllis B. Cook, Board President; Loring E. Barr, Board Vice-President; and Harold Michael, Board Member. Row 3 (l to r): Greg Zirk, Board Member; Chris Strovel, Field Representative for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito; and Stanley Moyer, Hardy County Commission.
Hardy Telecommunications, Inc., a nonprofit rural telephone cooperative, was recently awarded a $9,494,483 loan and a $22,153,791 grant through USDA Rural Development’s Telecommunications program. This funding was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Read more »
A bad year forced Klickitat County farmer Kelly Kreps to choose between fertilizing his fields or paying taxes and insurance. Even though his operation suffered freeze-related losses, Kreps’s ranch didn’t qualify for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster payments program. That was until last year’s stimulus legislation.
“The stimulus funds allowed us to pay our fuel bills so we could fertilize,” said Kreps, co-owner of Kreps Ranch LLC. “This money helped shore up our losses on the ag side of our business and kept us from having to sell a piece of property.” Read more »
Robert Koch, President and General Manager of H&B Communications in Holyrood, Kansas, stands in front of a mural highlighting milestones in his family's telecommunications business.
Robert Koch, President and General Manager of H&B Communications in Holyrood, Kansas, displays the story of his family owned rural telephone company on the wall behind his desk. The mural, painted by an area artist, highlights the advancement in telecommunications since the company was founded in the 1950’s by Robert’s grandparents. The historical image also features two of the three generations of family ownership including his mother and grandmother who served as telephone operators in the early decades of the company. Read more »
Written by Utah State Director, Dave Conine and Public Information Coordinator Donna Birk
USDA Rural Development-Utah and Bank of Utah recently recognized Azure Elite, Wescor Inc. as “Recovery Act Project of the Year.” Wescor was honored for its community leadership, vision and success, and its contribution to the mission of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Wescor can trace its roots back to 1966 when a group of fourteen Utah engineer faculty members founded it. Today Wescor is specialized in clinical laboratory equipment. Read more »
By Bill Menner and Janie Dunning, USDA Rural Development State Directors of Iowa and Missouri
Bringing broadband to rural communities is about more than guaranteeing your daughter has 24/7 access to Twitter, or giving your son unlimited opportunities to play video games. Read more »