About USDA Rural Development
Rural businesses often turn to the USDA Rural Development unit of the Department of Agriculture for assistance of the financial and informational kind. USDA Rural Development works with private-sector and community-based groups to provide loans and grants to recipients who do business in rural areas, including cooperatives, non-profit corporations, and Indian tribes. It also supports residents and groups interested in the cooperative form of business. Job creation and healthy rural economic activity are among USDA Rural Development's main pursuits. The division has a $213 billion portfolio of loans.