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      USDA representative meets with Northeast Missouri locals

      Leaders of various organizations and municipalities now have a better idea of how to go about getting their share of federal money.

      The Office of U-S Senator Claire McCaskill hosted a USDA Rural Development grant info session Tuesday in Kirksville.

      The session was held to provide resources and useful tools to help organizations apply for and access federal grants and loan programs that support public infrastructure, job growth and business development.

      USDA Rural Development representative Steven Gerrish says getting the word out is important.

      "We are a federal agency and these are the taxpayers dollars. We try to take this seriously and try to administer these programs fairly and ethically in Northeast Missouri and bring as many taxpayer dollars to this area as we can," Gerrish said.

      Gerrish provided information on various opportunities that might be appropriate for each groups needs and the resources to help them apply for federal dollars through the USDA Rural Development

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