We found that USDA rural development programs forward a significantly greater amount of funding
into the region than do USDA farm programs.
Farm Bills, as the term implies, have always focused heavily on farm programs. But for the rural
citizens of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rural
development programs authorized by the farm bill pack more financial and job creation heft.
The rural development programs reflected in this analysis include small business development
programs, value added agriculture programs, community facility programs, water and sewer
programs and programs to develop owner occupied and rental housing for rural people. Each of
these programs creates jobs at a time when the residents of Northern Michigan and the Upper
Peninsula badly need them.
That makes these programs and funding of them, worthy of serious consideration as Congress
takes up development of a new Farm Bill in 2012.
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