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Woodlake takes bite out of opioids

Woodlake takes bite out of opioids

Woodlake receives $40,000 in Rural Development investment funds, will use it purchase K-9 unit vehicle

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WASHINGTON – Woodlake is going to take a few more bites out of crime with federal Rural Development dollars.

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced last week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with rural communities in 22 states to support opportunities for opioid prevention, treatment and recovery. Woodlake will be using their $40,600 to purchase a vehicle to be used as a K-9 unit. The K-9 unit focuses on both prevention and response to illegal drug- and opioid misuse-related actions.

“With its impact on workforce, quality of life and the economic vitality of rural communities from Maine to California, the opioid epidemic is more than just a matter of public health – it is an issue of rural prosperity,” Hazlett said.

USDA is investing $10.7 million in 85 projects in 22 states through the Community Facilities program.

Hazlett announced that USDA is also making investments in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and Wisconsin.

In April 2017, President Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.

To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

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