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Erin Hill Oban

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden today named several people to fill key regional leadership positions, including Erin Oban as USDA North Dakota’s State Director of Rural Development.

A White House press release said the appointees will be essential to the president’s efforts to rebuild communities hardest hit by the pandemic, economic recovery and climate change.

Oban appeared on Afternoons Live with Tyler Axness and said the nomination was an honor. She said the extensive process began in December.

“I feel really lucky to be able to use some of the skills and relationships I developed as a legislator to be able to continue to serve North Dakotans,” Oban said. “One of my favorite parts of the job…is connecting people to programs and problems with solutions.”

She said there are incredible staff in rural development that she is willing to work with. She said the first thing she needs to do is learn from the people who have done the work, gain the trust of the staff and do outreach to make sure people know what the ministry has to do. to offer.

Oban said she was excited to get down to business and help people.

“I want to be an example of what government is supposed to do right, and right, and in a way that’s non-partisan,” Oban said. “This work is non-partisan. Government, in partnership with communities, can really help people have the life they want to have.

Oban grew up on a family farm in Ray, ND, a small rural community in the heart of Bakken oil country. She moved to Bismarck where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Mary.

In 2014, Oban was elected and re-elected in 2018 to represent Central Bismarck’s District 35 in the North Dakota State Senate. During her two terms in the Legislative Assembly, she served on the Senate Committees on Education, Energy and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Government Affairs and Veterans Affairs, and Political Subdivisions.

Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong released statements after the administration’s announcement.

“USDA’s rural development programs provide important support to rural America, helping to strengthen and diversify local economies and ensure access to essential services,” said Committee Distinguished Senator Hoeven. Secretary of Agricultural Credits and member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture. “We will continue to work to provide the USDA with the tools necessary to achieve these goals, and we look forward to discussing the priorities and needs of our rural communities with State Director Oban.”

“The USDA State Director of Rural Development plays an important role as a point of contact for grants, loans, and loan guarantees to help create jobs, support economic development, and provide essential services. . From water to telecommunications, USDA Rural Development provides critical assistance to North Dakota communities. I look forward to working with Ms. Oban to improve the economy and quality of life in North Dakota,” said Senator Cramer.

“I served with Erin in the State Senate. She is smart, thoughtful, and will work hard every day for the people of North Dakota. I congratulate her on her appointment and look forward to working with my friend,” Rep. Armstrong said.

Oban is currently employed as Director of Community Engagement with the Central Regional Education Association, where she supports the efficiency and effectiveness of education through partnerships between school districts and local organizations and agencies, regional and national organizations to provide programs and services to students, families, and educators in their communities.

Biden announced nominations for USDA, FEMA and HUD.

Steve Dick and Nikki Gronli of South Dakota were also nominated. Dick will serve as the executive director of the South Dakota State Farm Service Agency. Gronli has been named the USDA’s state director of rural development in South Dakota.

]]> The best days are ahead for the rural economy https://indicerural.com/the-best-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/the-best-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy/

As a lifelong Hoosier, I grew up raising beef cattle on my family’s farm in Austin and have been involved in rural communities ever since.

During my 20 years of service in the Indiana House of Representatives, I have been committed to creating better opportunities for rural Indiana through educational, agricultural, and rural development initiatives, including the expansion of broadband connectivity. Under the leadership of President Biden and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, I look forward to continuing these efforts.

Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as rural America has succeeded, so has the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Indiana over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

For example, last week my staff attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Cannelton’s $11.4 million wastewater treatment infrastructure project. With assistance from the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, the city will replace 6,000 feet of damaged sewer lines, build a new lift station, and construct a new sewer facility. wastewater treatment that will benefit nearly 1,600 people.

A great example of how we’re helping support Indiana’s food supply chain is investing in agricultural producers and small businesses like family-owned cheesemakers Jacobs & Brichford. Farmers recently received a $247,000 value-added producer grant to expand marketing and sales of their award-winning raw milk cheese products.

Additionally, through programs such as the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diversified and secure supply chains. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Indiana stays right here in Indiana.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes — so that every child — and every American — have clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide affordable high-speed Internet service for every American – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural Indiana.

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Op-Ed Brighter days ahead for the rural economy https://indicerural.com/op-ed-brighter-days-ahead-for-the-rural-economy/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 23:22:24 +0000 https://indicerural.com/op-ed-brighter-days-ahead-for-the-rural-economy/

Nashville, Tenn. (TN Tribune)—Growing up on a family farm in West Tennessee, I remember my parents sharing with me the struggles to rise to the middle class. They had humble beginnings owning a small frame house before they could build a new house on the same property. This was accomplished with the help of Farmers Home Administration, now known as USDA Rural Development. It is an honor to represent our agency and its mission to build prosperity for rural America.

Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as the success of rural America goes, so does the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Tennessee over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

In fiscal year 2021, Lauderdale Community Hospital received a $7.5 million commercial and industrial loan to purchase hospital assets to prevent the West Tennessee rural hospital from closing. . This purchase maintains the access of very poor rural areas to emergency medical care during the COVID 19 pandemic, the employment of highly qualified professionals (saving 72 jobs) and the possibility of creating new employment opportunities.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Tennessee stays right here in Tennessee.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes, so that every child and every American has clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide high-speed Internet for all Americans – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural Tennessee.

From the USDA office Rural Development – Arlisa Armstrong, Tennessee State Director

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Better days are ahead for the rural economy – www.elizabethton.com https://indicerural.com/better-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-www-elizabethton-com/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 18:15:11 +0000 https://indicerural.com/better-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-www-elizabethton-com/

BY ARLISA ARMSTRONG
Growing up on a family farm in West Tennessee, I remember my parents sharing with me the struggles of rising to the middle class. They had humble beginnings owning a small frame house before they could build a new house on the same property. This was accomplished with the help of Farmers Home Administration, now known as USDA Rural Development. It is an honor to represent our agency and its mission to build prosperity for rural America.
Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.
The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.
The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.
But rural communities are resilient, and as rural America’s success goes, so does the rest of the country.
That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Tennessee over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.
In fiscal year 2021, Lauderdale Community Hospital received a $7.5 million commercial and industrial loan to purchase hospital assets to prevent the West Tennessee rural hospital from closing. . This purchase maintains the access of very poor rural areas to emergency medical care during the COVID 19 pandemic, the employment of highly qualified professionals (saving 72 jobs) and the possibility of creating new employment opportunities.
These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Tennessee stays right here in Tennessee.
And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes — so that every child — and every American — have clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide affordable high-speed Internet service for every American – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.
The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.
That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.
By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.
For many of us, that means staying here in rural Tennessee.
(Arlisa Armstrong is the Tennessee State Director for Rural Development at the USDA)

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Better days ahead for the rural economy | Local News https://indicerural.com/better-days-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-local-news/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 16:57:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/better-days-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-local-news/

As a lifelong Hoosier, I grew up raising beef cattle on my family’s farm in Austin and have been involved in rural communities ever since. During my 20 years of service in the Indiana House of Representatives, I have been committed to creating better opportunities for rural Indiana through educational, agricultural, and rural development initiatives, including the expansion of broadband connectivity. Under the leadership of President Biden and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, I look forward to continuing these efforts.

Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as rural America’s success goes, so does the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Indiana over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

For example, last week my staff attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Cannelton’s $11.4 million wastewater treatment infrastructure project. With assistance from the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, the city will replace 6,000 feet of damaged sewer lines, build a new lift station, and construct a new sewer facility. wastewater treatment that will benefit nearly 1,600 people.

A great example of how we’re helping support Indiana’s food supply chain is investing in agricultural producers and small businesses like family-owned cheesemakers Jacobs & Brichford. Farmers recently received a $247,000 value-added producer grant to expand marketing and sales of their award-winning raw milk cheese products.

Additionally, through programs such as the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diversified and secure supply chains. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Indiana stays right here in Indiana.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes, so that every child and every American has clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide high-speed Internet for all Americans – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural Indiana.

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Column: Brighter days ahead for South Carolina’s rural economy https://indicerural.com/column-brighter-days-ahead-for-south-carolinas-rural-economy/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 11:01:49 +0000 https://indicerural.com/column-brighter-days-ahead-for-south-carolinas-rural-economy/

Having spent most of my life in and around rural communities, I know firsthand the challenges of rural growth. My parents, who were both educators, left their school every day to come home to take care of our small family farm, because they loved the land; and they understood the importance of planting and watering the land to ensure that it produced good crops. Because of these early experiences and the parents who shaped the call to service, I have never forgotten my rural roots and have dedicated my life’s work to the betterment of rural communities using any platform that I had to raise the voice of all those who live in rural areas. In my current role as State Director of Rural Development for SC for just over 6 months, I am confident that our best days are indeed ahead of us as we renew our commitment to improving the rural economy and the quality of global life in our rural areas. communities.

Earlier last week, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country has been and where we are going.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as the success of rural America goes, so does the rest of the country.



That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural South Carolina over the past year bodes well for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

For example:

– Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority received 19 loans totaling more than $66 million and nine grants totaling more than $20 million. The Water and Sewer Authority’s most recent project is Phase II of the Holley Ferry/Spann Road water improvements. For this project, the Water and Sewer Authority will receive a $15.4 million loan and $2.5 million Water and Environment Programs (WEP) grant to position a network of water pipes in the densely populated eastern part of Saluda County. The Holley Ferry Phase II project will allow a significant expansion of the residential clientele. It is conservatively estimated that 300 additional households will benefit. However, there are over 700 homes along the proposed waterlines, so there could be a lot more listings. Considering that SCWSA has approximately 1,300 residential customers, this represents a significant increase in customer numbers. Additionally, this project has the potential to provide water connections to nearby towns. This could transform SCWSA from a local water supplier to a regional supplier.

– Orangeburg County received two loans totaling $3.6 million and two grants totaling $2.3 million for water projects. In addition, the county received four loans totaling $10.5 million and four grants totaling $8.1 million for sewer projects. Most recently, Orangeburg County’s Goodbys Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and Improvements received a $6.7 million WEP loan and a $1.9 million WEP grant. This project provided needed wastewater treatment to the rural town and areas of Orangeburg County. The county proposed to build a sewage treatment plant that would provide sewer service to residential areas and commercial users along US 301, in the City of Santee, Matthews Industrial Park, and Jafza Industries.

Through the Secured Food Supply Chain Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diverse and sure. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural South Carolina stays right here in South Carolina.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes — so that every child — and every American — have clean water to drink at home and at school, and to provide affordable high-speed Internet for every American – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.



That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural South Carolina.

Saundra Glover is the USDA’s director of rural development in South Carolina.

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Better days are ahead for the rural economy – Lowndes Signal https://indicerural.com/better-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-lowndes-signal/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 20:25:29 +0000 https://indicerural.com/better-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-lowndes-signal/

Tribune of Nivory Gordon, Alabama State Manager, USDA Rural Development

Growing up on my family’s farm in Wilcox County, Alabama, I witnessed first-hand many of the challenges faced by families living in rural communities across the state. We had no public access to water in the eastern part of the county. My family used individual wells for our water supply. My family members had to travel long distances to receive essential health services. I have seen the struggle farmers and ranchers go through to feed Alabama.

Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as rural America’s success goes, so does the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Alabama over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

Through the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diverse and secure supply chains. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Alabama stays right here in Alabama.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes, so that every child and every American has clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide high-speed Internet for all Americans – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural Alabama.

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The best days are ahead for the rural economy – The Greenville Advocate https://indicerural.com/the-best-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-the-greenville-advocate/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 20:13:32 +0000 https://indicerural.com/the-best-days-are-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-the-greenville-advocate/

Grandstand of Nivory Gordon, Alabama State Director USDA Rural Development

Growing up on my family’s farm in Wilcox County, Alabama, I witnessed first-hand many of the challenges faced by families living in rural communities across the state. We had no public access to water in the eastern part of the county. My family used individual wells for our water supply. My family members had to travel long distances to receive essential health services. I have seen the struggle farmers and ranchers go through to feed Alabama.

Last week, President Biden used his first State of the Union address to talk about where our country is and where we are headed.

The president mentioned a lot of things we can be proud of and even more to look forward to, especially in rural America.

The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

But rural communities are resilient, and as rural America’s success goes, so does the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Alabama over the past year is a good sign for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

Through the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diverse and secure supply chains. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and from the middle as the president said. And they contribute to a circular economy where the resources and wealth we build in rural Alabama stays right here in Alabama.

And they are just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden has pledged to build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, begin replacing toxic lead pipes, so that every child and every American has clean water to drink at home and at school, to provide high-speed Internet for all Americans – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities.

The Biden-Harris administration’s plan for the economy is already producing historic wins, and anyone can participate, regardless of zip code.

That’s why we’re optimistic that our best days are ahead of us.

By giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources, we can do our part to realize the President’s economic vision. That means making more stuff right here at home, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. It means giving people the opportunity to earn a good living without having to leave the communities they know and love.

For many of us, that means staying here in rural Alabama.

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Broadband focus of House ag rural development hearing https://indicerural.com/broadband-focus-of-house-ag-rural-development-hearing/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 00:42:54 +0000 https://indicerural.com/broadband-focus-of-house-ag-rural-development-hearing/

When the House Agriculture Commodities, Trade and Credit Subcommittee held a hearing on rural development today, members primarily questioned the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Development rural, Xochitl Torres Small, on broadband issues.

In his opening statement, Torres Small said rural development programs — including delivering high-speed Internet service to rural America — are essential to enabling rural Americans to continue to to live. Echoing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Torres Small said: “Often rural assets – from food to energy to natural resources – are removed from their original location and moved elsewhere to create jobs or opportunities away from the communities where they were originally produced. … Despite the challenges, the solutions are there in the experiences, stories, ideas and dreams of rural people if you listen carefully.

Rep. Antonio Delgado, DN.Y., is chair of the subcommittee and presided over most of the hearing, but Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., made the opening statement.



“Americans should be able to choose where they want to live without having to compromise on access to fast, reliable high-speed internet, clean water and affordable health care,” Craig said. “Furthermore, we need to ensure these diverse communities have the tools they need to thrive in a 21st century economy. Part of achieving this goal is to build the resilience of local supply chains so they can better support the distribution of basic commodities and a diverse economy where residents have access to tools that will support their learning and development. success.

Several members inquired about the ReConnect Loans and Grants Program, which provides loans and grants to finance the costs of constructing, improving or acquiring facilities and equipment needed to provide service to broadband in eligible rural areas.



Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., a ranking member of the Committee of the Whole, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., both questioned the Biden administration’s decision to give preference to organizations nonprofit to qualify for the program. Torres Small said the decision was made to ensure a wide range of applicants could qualify, particularly in hard-to-serve areas.

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, also said the application process for ReConnect is difficult for small grants.

Thompson also told Torres Small that he was upset that the USDA did not consult with House Republicans before making “major policy changes until the very last moment.”

He also urged Torres Small to encourage House Democratic leaders to pass a broadband bill that passed the committee by a large bipartisan majority.

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Local Perspective: Better days are well and truly ahead for the rural economy | Columnists https://indicerural.com/local-perspective-better-days-are-well-and-truly-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-columnists/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 02:30:00 +0000 https://indicerural.com/local-perspective-better-days-are-well-and-truly-ahead-for-the-rural-economy-columnists/

Kate Bolz

I agree with President Biden, America’s best days are ahead of us, especially for people in rural Nebraska.

The Farm to Family grocery store in Hay Springs is stocked with fresh produce and meat from local and regional producers. It has a grocery store and energy efficient coolers and is supported by a cooperative of local community members.

Farm to Family is an example of the resilience and commitment to community found throughout rural Nebraska and wholeheartedly supported by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency. I believe this is a community model for rural communities around the world, demonstrating the strength and capabilities we have when we come together to do what is right.

As USDA RD State Director in Nebraska, I am proud of Farm to Family and the role our organization has played in providing grants to improve energy efficiency and free up capital for this local grocery store. .

Promoting energy efficiency, finding new approaches to address challenges in our food supply chain, and increasing the affordability of essential items for Nebraska families are all top priorities for the Biden administration. -Harris, as the president pointed out last week.

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Our job at USDA RD is to bring to life big goals and visions for our country in rural Nebraska. The country has faced profound challenges over the past year, and the people of rural America know it better than anyone.

Rural communities are resilient, and as the success of rural America goes, so does the rest of the country.

That’s why the progress we’ve made in rural Nebraska over the past year bodes well for everyone. By investing in water and broadband infrastructure, rural business opportunities, and America’s food supply chain, USDA RD helps communities build the foundation for sustained economic growth.

Through the Secured Food Supply Chain Loan Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, we are responding to the President’s call to create more resilient, diverse and secured. Promoting competition in the processing sector will mean fairer prices for farmers, greater value for workers, and more affordable, healthier food produced closer to home for families.

These investments create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. They help grow the economy from the bottom up and down the middle as the president said, and they help a circular economy where the resources and the wealth that we build in rural Nebraska stays right here in Nebraska.

This is just the beginning. In the State of the Union, President Biden pledged to provide affordable high-speed Internet access to all Americans – urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities, to increase our energy production through energy wind and solar and to continue to expand manufacturing in rural America.

Our USDA Rural Development team is committed to giving everyone a fair chance and providing equitable access to federal resources to build rural prosperity. That means making more stuff here at home, buying American-made products, strengthening our supply chains, and lowering costs for working families. That means supporting people in the communities they know and love, right here in Nebraska, from Hay Springs to Pawnee City and everywhere in between.

I’m optimistic about our future because I see the great work we’ve done, I know the great work we’re doing, and I know the people of Nebraska are smart, resilient, proud Americans who are the very fiber of this nation.

I know we’ve been through tough times and I know we’re getting through it. Americans have been through tough times before, and the result will be a stronger, more resilient nation, united in love for country and for each other. That’s why I believe our best days are ahead of us.

Kate Bolz lives in Lincoln, is originally from Otoe County, and is Nebraska State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency.

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