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Development rep predicts more USDA money; Roper says Administration is likely to focus on growth in rural America

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“This Administration is going to put a lot of money into a very specific area, specifically rural America,” says Mark Roper of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. He spoke at a Friday board meeting of the Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District and Council of Governments. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is likely to funnel significantly more money to rural areas this fiscal year, according to a state economic development manager.