Blog post by Sarah Waring, USDA RD via Cheshire County Conservation District

"When I get the opportunity to talk about US Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s mission area and programs with partners and customers, I usually start with the size of the agency and its scope and diversity: From the Forest Service (FS), Animal and Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) and Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), to the USDA Climate Hubs, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farmer’s Service Agency (FSA), the USDA has dozens of sub-agencies and thousands of people all across the country working with thousands of farmers, communities and rural stakeholders.

Rural Development (RD) is not as well-known as some of the other USDA agencies, but we are the one that provides community- and economic-development support services. These take the form of grants, loans and loan guarantees to advance homeownership, public health and safety, essential community facilities and infrastructure, and business support." Read more