United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA)

Ms. Beverly Helton is the ACE representative for the USDA Rural Development – Alabama. USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through the USDA programs, rural Americans are helped in many ways. USDA Rural Development offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services such as housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. They provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. And help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.

USDA Rural Development has a $212 billion portfolio of loans. The USDA Rural Development is divided into three agencies with unique missions to bring prosperity and opportunity to rural areas. These agencies include: Rural Housing Service; Rural Utilities Service and Rural Business-Cooperative Service. For additional information, visit the website: http://www.rd.usda.gov/