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USDA Funds On the Way for Local Rural Communities

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WVVA) - Help could be on the way for small rural communities who struggle economically.

The program is already operational in 10 states.

Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to expand the program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal money.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said during a visit to South Carolina's Statehouse on Tuesday that the program is flexible to help communities where they need it most.

The StrikeForce initiative is designed to help relieve persistent rural poverty by making it easier for people to get their hands on money that is available from the USDA but may be hard to access.

The federal money helps farmers, food producers and other businesses fund projects such as community gardens and summer meals for low-income school children.

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