USDA Extends Rural Definition Until March 27, 2012
Dear Rural Advocates,
Yesterday, USDA issued a notice to all local, state, and national Rural Development staff instructing them to continue to use the current "rural" definition until March 27, 2013, and postponing implementation of data from the 2010 Census data until that time. This notice applies to all Rural Development programs, including those administered by the Rural Housing Service, the Rural Utilities Service, and Rural Business Service.
The new deadline--March 27, 2013--coincides with the expiration of the FY13 Continuing Resolution.
This is a important victory for all rural advocates because it allows us to continue to work with Rep. Fortenberry to find a long-term solution to this issue when Congress returns to Capitol Hill after the November elections.
The notice also includes changes to the data USDA will use to verify income eligibility. Because the 2010 Census--and future Censuses--does not ask participants about their incomes, USDA will begin to use the 5-year American Community Survey estimates to determine income eligibility standards.
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