The top official for USDA Rural Development was in Minnesota on Sept. 15 in the midst of announcements that funds will be coming to rural areas.

Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager gave the keynote address at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s regional meeting in Minneapolis. He also conducted a White House Business Council Roundtable at SAGE Electrochomics in Faribault.

His message at the NRECA meeting was that rural electric cooperatives are doing a great job and he asked for more of them to get involved with developing their communities. USDA Rural Development helps finance the nation’s 1,000 rural electric cooperatives.