USDA: $189M Invested in Rural Neb. in FY2011

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Nebraska received more than $189 million in rural support during the federal fiscal year that ended in September.

The agency's annual report says the money went to housing, business and community development, energy projects and telecommunications.

The money was part of the USDA's Rural Development program.

The program's home ownership initiatives had a record year of funding, with $115 million that helped more than 1,200 households.

Rural development money helped provide affordable rent to more than 2,500 tenants.

Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul says the program is intended to strengthen rural communities throughout the state.

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