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RURAL AMERICA PROJECTS THAT START IN RURAL AMERICA Touch the Lives of All Americans BY DOUG O’BRIEN, USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT UNDER SECRETARY THE AGENCY THAT I am privileged to work with, USDA Rural Development, promotes economic development in rural areas. While our mission is to improve the quality of life in rural America, the impact of our economic development programs extends well beyond our rural borders. All of us depend on rural America for our food, water and energy. Members of the National Rural Water Association certainly understand how critical rural communities are to the nation’s wellbeing, and we appreciate the ability to support rural water systems as they help build the foundation for the future of the rural economy. USDA Rural Development’s fi nancial programs support rural utilities, which provide the basic infrastructure on which all rural economic activity depends. For example, Breezy Hill Water and Sewer Cooperative in South Carolina is a significant driver of economic growth in the community, working with USDA to expand facilities to meet the water needs of area homes, a textile industr y, an industrial park and a huge tire manufacturing operation. The tire factory requires 500,000 gallons of water a day, but it is bringing over 800 jobs to the area. Another example of how rural America is crucial to its urban neighbors is the “Farm Fresh Rhode Island” food hub. Rural Development has been working 26 • Third Quarter 2013 with other federal and private sector partners to increase local food distribution as part of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. The Farm Fresh Rhode Island food hub connects more than 60 rural New England producers with new markets in and around Providence. Last year, Rural Development awarded Wholesome Wave — one of the food hub’s funding partners — with a grant of more than $200,000 to combine rural and urban food hubs across New England. Food hubs like Farm Fresh Rhode Island are strengthening the economic and social ties between rural and metropolitan communities. Another way that Rural Development programs contr ibute to the overall Without basic infrastructure such as the rural water systems that provide safe, dependable drinking water, we would not be able to support the other economic activities that are critical to our continued success and growth as a nation.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013

FROM THE PRESIDENT
KILOWATT REMINDERS
POWERING PROGRESS
PROJECTS THAT START IN RURAL AMERICA TOUCH THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS
WHAT DOES RURAL MEAN?
PROTECTING THE LAND
THE POWER OF AN ASSOCIATION
REGULATORY UPDATE
OLD CONSERVATION IDEA STILL IN VOGUE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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