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USDA official visits the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2013

U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse and local people involved in agriculture were talking at Illinois Valley Community College Tuesday afternoon.

Topics for discussion included the president’s climate change action plan, renewable energy efforts and the need to pass a Farm Bill.

Scuse says there is a great deal of frustration and anger about the lack of a farm bill and the farmers have a right to be upset.

Scuse also meet with Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach to announce that Ottawa is receiving a $99,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to maintain curb appeal in the 200 block of West Main Street.

Scuse says streetscape projects are important for attracting small businesses.

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