Business / Agriculture / Rural: The Bureau of the Census defines the rural population (in contrast to urban) as all persons living in the open country, plus those in places of less than 2,500 inhabitants that are beyond the densely settled (1,000 or more persons per square mile) suburban fringes of metropolitan cities. However, the Rural Development Act of 1972 defines rural as any area not included in any city or town with a population in excess of 10,000 inhabitants.
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Rural Noun Synonyms: country, pastoral, sylvan, bucolic, rustic, Arcadian, exurban, agricultural, agrarian, georgic
Business / Agriculture / Rural Electrification Administration: The predecessor USDA agency to the Rural Utilities Service charged with administering certain telephone and rural electric cooperative loan programs. MORE
Business / Agriculture / National Rural Development Partnership: A collaborative effort comprised of representatives of the federal, state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector to promote rural development across the nation. T MORE
Business / Agriculture / Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS): One of three USDA agencies charged with implementing rural development policies and programs. The RBS provides loans, guarantees, technical assistance, and grants to rural businesses and cooperatives. MORE