Infrastructure - MAY 4, 2021

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USDA invests nearly $500m in rural water, energy, biofuel infrastructure

by Kali Persall

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $487 million in rural and wastewater infrastructure upgrades, renewable energy infrastructure, rural electric infrastructure and biofuel infrastructure in 45 states.

The largest investment will go toward modernizing rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 31 states. USDA has pledged to commit $374 million to this effort, which will involve repairing or replacing sewer collection lines, manholes and pipes in cities such as Dunn, N.C. These modernizations will stop sewer system overflows, leading to cleaner rural water resources in the area.

In addition, USDA will invest $78 million in renewable energy infrastructure in 30 states in an effort to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

In response to rural electric infrastructure needs, USDA will commit $17.4 million in loans in New Mexic

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