Several rural communities to receive assistance - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Several rural communities to receive assistance

Posted: Updated:

Texas - Several rural communities in Texas struggling to get out of poverty will soon see a boost in economic development.

Additional resources will now be provided to them.

90 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural America and a number of those counties are in Texas.

That's why the USDA is expanding its StrikeForce initiative to include our state.

The USDA wants to give farmers, food producers and other businesses equal and easier access to money available from the federal government.

Rural counties with the highest poverty will be the one's targeted.

Farm Service Agency loans, for states receiving help, were up almost 10 percent in 2012 over 2011 - even when the nation as a whole saw farm lending drop.

Rural housing loans were up more than 110 percent in 2012.

The USDA also has a food and nutrition service which aims to increase the number of children receiving free or reduced breakfast and increased food service for children during the summer.

In New Mexico, a mobile bus delivered meals to 45,000 children each weekday during the summer at 700 partner sites.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Lawton firefighters train for disaster relief

    Lawton firefighters train for disaster relief

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:44:47 GMT
    Dozens of Lawton firefighters are training this week on how to respond to large-scale disasters, like a bombing or tornado. 
    Dozens of Lawton firefighters are training this week on how to respond to large-scale disasters, like a bombing or tornado. 
  • Man's hand crushed under car

    Man's hand crushed under car

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:41:13 GMT
     A man was taken to the hospital after his hand was crushed under a car's tire.
     A man was taken to the hospital after his hand was crushed under a car's tire.
  • Body found in Duncan business

    Body found in Duncan business

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:53:31 GMT
    News-InvestigationNewNews-InvestigationNew
    DUNCAN, Okla._Duncan police are investigating an unattended death after the body of a young adult male was found inside a Main Street business.Police say they were called to Thornton Pumping and Supply where a body was found. They do not suspect foul play, and say the death may have been accidental. The medical examiner was on scene, police are waiting for his report to complete their investigation.
    DUNCAN, Okla._Duncan police are investigating an unattended death after the body of a young adult male was found inside a Main Street business.Police say they were called to Thornton Pumping and Supply where a body was found. They do not suspect foul play, and say the death may have been accidental. The medical examiner was on scene, police are waiting for his report to complete their investigation.
ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.