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Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health Initiative

1 Sep 2020
WASHINGTON, September 1, 2020 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a joint effort to collaborate and share information to add...

USDA Names Dr. Spiro Stefanou as New ERS Administrator

31 Aug 2020
(Washington, D.C., August 31, 2020) – Deputy Undersecretary for Research, Education, Economics Dr. Scott Hutchins announced today that USDA has named Dr. Spiro Stefanou to lead the Economic Research Service (ERS) as its new Administrator.

USDA Implements the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative; Encourages Private Investment in Rural Communities

31 Aug 2020
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2020 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA is implementing the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative, releasing new information on rates and terms that will help lenders apply for loan guarantees to support rural businesses, infrastructure a...

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

31 Aug 2020
(Washington, DC, August 31, 2020) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedente...

Trump Administration Invests $9 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Virginia

31 Aug 2020
GATE CITY, Va., Aug. 31, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $9 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Virginia.
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