ST. LOUIS- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that projects in 17 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will receive loan and grant assistance to create jobs and boost economic development in rural areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Tuesday’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy. Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Lillian Salerno made the announcement on Vilsack’s behalf while attending the National Veterans Small Business Conference in St. Louis.
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