LITTLE ROCK – Lawrence McCullough, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s State Director for Arkansas, recently announced new data highlighting USDA investments in rural Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK – Lawrence McCullough, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s State Director for Arkansas, recently announced new data highlighting USDA investments in rural Arkansas.


This data is part of USDA’s national "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural America.


"Supporting our rural communities benefits all Arkansans," McCullough said in a news release. "USDA has made dedicated investments in manufacturing, energy and small businesses in rural Arkansas. At the same time, we are bringing reliable services like water, housing and broadband to make these same communities attract and retain a talented workforce. This data shows that the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in rural Arkansas."


In Arkansas, USDA has made investments to help 178 rural businesses thrive and grow, including $16 million investment in rural manufacturing alone. Rural manufacturing supports 76,642 jobs in Arkansas. In addition, USDA has helped 27,095 families purchase or repair homes and has invested $248.5 million to support efficient water support, treatment and storage facilities, and wastewater treatment systems. This investment has improved the health of thousands of rural Arkansans who now have access to clean water and reliable sanitation.


Details: Visit www.usda.gov/opportunity or contact Karen Petrus, administrative programs director, Rural Development, USDA, at (501) 301-3216 or www.rurdev.usda.gov .