USDA announces rural tech grants

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman last week announced the USDA Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Awards, with four each going to Alaska, Alabama and Texas, while California garnered funds for three institutions.

Alaska received four telemedicine grants valued at more than $990,000, while Alabama received an equal number of education awards, with a total value of nearly $1.1 million.

Texas also received four awards worth more than $1.2 million, including three for distance learning initiatives and one for telemedicine. California was the only state to get three grants, all of which went to distance learning programs with a cumulative value of about $715,000.

Arkansas, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia received two grants.

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