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October 7, 2020: Trump Administration Invests $72 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Infrastructure in 40 States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands: (included in USDA Announcement)……..

2020: Farm & Home Cooperative, Platte City, Missouri awarded $943,163 for projects in Allen, Woodson, Franklin and Neosho Counties, Kansas.

This Rural Development investment will be used to extend science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,(STEM) classes to underserved areas of Allen and Woodson Counties in rural Southeast Kansas. It will also enable Neosho County Community College to create new STEM distance learning capabilities in Chanute and Ottawa, Kansas to serve surrounding rural areas including Franklin County, KS and Neosho County, KS schools especially with increased allied health courses needed to improve residents’ health and to decrease out-migration.

2019: USDA Invests in the Expansion of Rural Education and Health Care Access in Kansas

Contact: Jessica Bowser (785) 271-2701Topeka, Kansas, November 20, 2019 — 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, announced that USDA is investing in four distance learning and telemedicine projects in Kansas totaling more than $959,000.  USDA is providing the funding through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program.

“USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the quality of life for rural Kansans,” said Hinrichsen.  “Through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants announced today, more than 65,000 rural Kansans will have increased access to health care services and educational opportunities.” 

The DLT projects announced in Kansas include(s):

Farm & Home Cooperative (USDA Grant Announced in November 2019)

$127,758 Distance Learning / Telemedicine (DLT) Grant


This Rural Development investment will enable an informal consortium of Allen and Woodson County hospital systems in Kansas, to install interactive video systems. Behavioral health specialty care will offer opioid prevention, treatment and recovery services supplemented by primary medical care to several schools. This investment will benefit 14 end user sites in four Southeast Kansas communities serving more than 9,000 residents. The project will allow more timely, accurate and complete diagnosis and treatment of issues that could otherwise result in a worsening health crisis requiring emergency room visits and/or inpatient admissions.