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Ag Secretary Announces $11M for Hoosier Flood Protection


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack took a whistle stop tour through Indiana Tuesday to announce funding and support to the Hoosier state courtesy of the Obama administration.

The first stop in Terre Haute came with the announcement of $3.3 million for the Honeycreek Watershed project and another $8.1 million to invest in floodplain easements in eight other Indiana counties.

The $11.4 million is a part of a national program through the Department of Agriculture funded by President Obama's stimulus package.

The Honeycreek project in Terre Haute will help fund dikes along a six-mile stretch of Thompson Ditch protecting hundreds of homes, businesses, and farms from floodwaters.

Vilsack says Indiana stands to receive a total of $2 billion in stimulus money from the various federal agencies, saving over 75,000 jobs.

Vilsack reiterated the state's stimulus support in a gathering in Indianapolis, specifically noting the support for communities hit hard by the decline in the automotive industry.

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