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USDA: Delivering Results for the American People

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Under the leadership of Secretary Tom Vilsack, over the last five years, USDA has made critical investments to support the farmers, ranchers and growers who are driving the rural economy forward, carry out record conservation efforts, facilitate groundbreaking research, promote new markets for rural products, and provide a safe, affordable and nutritious food supply for American families. Under Secretary Vilsack's leadership, we've achieved record results for the American people while saving taxpayers $1.5 billion in recent years through our Blueprint for Stronger Service effort to improve, innovative and modernize our services.

We're proud of this work - and we know that there is much yet to accomplish in partnership with farmers, ranchers and foresters, small businesses, and those living, working and raising their families in rural America. To learn more about our work and results achieved for the American people since 2009, take a look at the topical factsheets listed below. To see how USDA has invested in your state, check out our state factsheets.

We launched our progressive, year-long, multimedia storytelling effort showcasing the USDA's work on behalf of those living, working and raising families in rural America. Each month, USDA will release a new chapter of the story at is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website..

Fact Sheets

#RuralMade Across the Country

Since 2009, the Obama Administration has made targeted investments to help rural businesses grow. The U.S Department of Agriculture has been making record-breaking investments in affordable housing, energy efficiency, roads and bridges, and internet access as well as loans and grants for rural businesses in all fifty states. These investments enable businesses and families to call America's rural areas "home".

As part of our commitment to strengthening rural economies, USDA announced a new state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet is a snapshot of specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is building strong rural communities that are attractive places for businesses and families to locate by investing in housing and broadband.