PDF _ RL31837 - An Overview of USDA Rural Development Programs
26-Aug-2004; Tadlock Cowan; 36 p.

Update: November 23, 2004

Abstract: More than 88 programs administered by 16 different federal agencies target rural economic development. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the greatest number of rural development programs and has the highest average of program funds going directly to rural counties (approximately 50%). The Rural Development Policy Act of 1980 designated USDA as the lead federal agency for rural development. The Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agricultural Reorganization Act of 1994 created the Office of the Undersecretary for Rural Development and consolidated the rural development portfolio into four principal agencies responsible for USDA's mission area: Rural Housing Service, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, the Rural Utilities Service, and the Office of Community Development. This report provides an overview of the various programs administered by these four USDA agencies, their authorizing legislation, program objectives, eligibility, and recent funding for each program. This report will be updated as events warrant. [read report]

Topics: Federal Agencies, Agriculture, Legislative

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