Reasons why a comprehensive farm bill needs to be passed by Congress go beyond crop insurance and conservation programs, even beyond food stamps and nutrition programs. USDA Rural Development efforts to create jobs also depend upon such a bill.

The USDA has announced that grants and loans to support job creation, business development and to strengthen economic growth, will, if approved, be available in 11 states, including Iowa and Minnesota. The announcement recognized the economic uncertainty the agency does business in these days and the lack of a cohesive, comprehensive farm bill necessary for support of those efforts.

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator John Padalino announced the new effort during the recent meeting of the National Rural Economic Developers Association in Austin, Tex. Some $11.8 million in projects were announced.

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