USDA Announces Rural Development Grants

Wisconsin Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that USDA is awarding grants for 128 projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas.

“These services provide access for those who live and work in rural areas which can reduce the barriers of time and distance to deliver quality care, training and education,” Frassetto said.

In Wisconsin, Western Wisconsin Health is partnering with Eagle Telemedicine, LLC to provide telemedicine access for remote patients in St. Croix County. The emphasis of this project is on the treatment and prevention of opioid misuse. They are receiving $85,646 to purchase telemedicine equipment, which includes two telemedicine carts, to create a telehealth network.

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 facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information visit

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