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Franken announces USDA rural grants

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced that the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded 59 Minnesota farmers and small businesses grants totaling $2,868,225.

The Rural Development funds will be used to assist rural small businesses in developing renewable energy systems.

"Minnesota's rural economy must be protected," Franken said. "We're facing challenging times right now, and these grants will go a long way towards making sure our family farms and small businesses can compete in a 21st century economy.."