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USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty
Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:57

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding a 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.

Already operational in 10 states, 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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