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“Rural Americans deserve to have safe and modern facilities in their hometowns,” said Leary on Wednesday.
USDA Sending $9.1 Million to Florida to Improve Rural Drinking Water, Help Wastewater Infrastructure
“Upgrading water infrastructure provides a path to economic growth and protects the health and safety of people who live and work in rural areas,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said on Tuesday.
“This project will replace 16 miles of old water mains, install new fire hydrants, and provide much-needed upgrades to the community’s existing infrastructure,” Steube’s office noted.
Perdue said the funds were from “$100 million in grants available to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales” and are from the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP).
The authorities granted to the USDA would impact the Sunshine State directly, as Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) estimates that, due to COVID-19, Florida school lunch providers face $262 million in sale and reimbursement losses.
While the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) issued an emergency declaration on September 16, making immediate disaster aid available, neither the president nor the U.S. Department of Agriculture have yet issued disaster declarations that make critical federal resources available for the agriculture community’s recovery.
“With all of the challenges COVID-19 has caused for Florida farmers, including up to $522 million in crop losses just through April, we’re pleased to see the USDA commit additional funds to supporting our growers through these uncertain times,” said Fried.