Water Grants Pour In

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Officials announced nearly $1 million in funding for two rural water
systems in Newton County Monday.

The Beulah Hubbard Water Association received nearly $600,000 and the South Newton Rural Water Association was granted over $400,000.

"The Farm Bill, which we recently passed, I serve on the Agriculture Committee, authorized a tremendous investment into rural Mississippi and rural America, rural water, infrastructure, telecommunications, health care," said Rep. Chip Pickering. "So we can build jobs and build communities."

"We at USDA Rural Development have had a pretty sizeable backlog of waste and water projects that have been tried to be funded over the years," said Nick Walters, executive director of the USDA's Rural Development. "And so Congress realized that we had a problem and they put $360 million in the recently passed Farm Bill and we in Mississippi got 29 of that $360 million."

Earluer Monday, the USDA presented the Noxubee County Farmers' Market with a check for $130,000.