WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program has awarded a total of $535,000 to two southwest Ohio communities to purchase new dump trucks for road maintenance.

“We must ensure that our rural communities have the resources needed to improve the lives and safety of their residents,” said Brown.

USDA Funds for southwest Ohio Communities are broken down below:

  • $100,000 grant and a $300,000 loan to Pike County to purchase four new dump trucks, and
  • $100,000 grant and a $35,000 loan to Deerfield Township to purchase a new dump truck with a snowplow attachment.

The funds for this grant are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative. Brown helped secure a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bill, and is continuing to advocate for rural Ohio and programs that promote energy efficiency and clean energy across rural America.