Late yesterday, USDA’s Rural Development (RD) office released an Administrative Notice (AN 4679) announcing that, “all RD programs will begin using 2010 Decennial Census population data…on March 27, 2013.” The AN also states that, “until that time, and unless specifically directed otherwise, programs are instructed to use the population data from the 2000 Decennial Census.” The 2010 Census data will render ineligible for RD programs many areas that are currently

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