USDA to develop Iowa agribusiness

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 5:01 pm    

Bill Menner, state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, will be traveling all over the state to promote his Rural Issues Listening Post project.  Menner will visit several small towns in Iowa to meet with community leaders, economic development officials, and city residents to discuss ways to develop agribusiness and make rural Iowa into thriving part of the state.

According to the department, more than half of Iowa’s 950 cities have fewer than 500 residents.  The USDA Rural Development manages more than 40 loan and grant programs to help rural economic development through housing, business, and other community programs.  Last year, about 180,000 acres in Iowa were used for agribusiness and planting, an increase from the 145,000 acres utilized in 2007.

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