A group of Iowa farmers says their rural developments efforts will help rural communities in their communities, and that it will allow farmers to earn more money.
The Rural Development Association of Iowa (RDIA) announced Wednesday that they have received more than $2.4 million from the Iowa Department of Commerce in the last four years.
RDIA President Mark Withers says that more than 80,000 Iowa farmers were part of RDIA’s Rural Development and Economic Development Fund.
According to RDIA, rural development projects can bring up to $50,000 in annual economic benefits.
Withers said that RDIA has received more funding than the USDA in the past four years, and hopes to keep it going in the future.
He said that the Iowa Rural Development Authority has been the most successful of the state’s agencies in terms of rural development.
“Our state has been very supportive of our agencies efforts in helping our communities to grow and prosper, and I think we are all excited about this opportunity,” Witheres said.
A recent study conducted by the Iowa State University Center for Rural Development found that the number of Iowa counties that were experiencing a population increase due to the growth of farming in rural areas increased from 17.2% in 2016 to 23.7% in 2019.
Rural development is considered an economic development tool for rural communities.