USDA official visits Schuyler, talks effort to invest in rural communities
SCHYLER, Neb. -- Investing in America’s rural communities.
The Under Secretary of Rural Development in the Biden administration took a visit to Schuyler on Wednesday.
Xochitl Torres Small met with local business owners, rural entrepreneurs, and farmers to highlight the USDA rural development investments that support rural areas.
Small talked about why she decided to make a trip to the Midwest.
"I'm really excited to be here in Schuyler and to get to see rural development and the Biden-Harris administration's investments at work," Small said. "The even more exciting piece is that now we're investing in the food supply chain through the Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program and the same organization is going to receive $15 million in investments for relenting through that program."
In rural America, Small said she wants to see a continuation of investing in small communities moving forward.
"Folks have been working incredibly hard for a long time [to] supply the rest of the country with so many of the resources we take for granted," Small said. "That's why it's so important that we reinvest back into small communities and when you look at the small businesses that are at the heart of so many places across rural America, there are so many folks that are working incredibly hard to make ends meet and by providing a little bit of an investment, you see enormous response."
Small said since becoming the Under Secretary of Rural Development, one of her favorite things about the job is getting to see all kinds of different people and how they find new ways to solve common challenges.
Since visiting Schuyler, Small said the town has an "incredibly resilient entrepreneurial spirit."