USDA to invest millions into 2 rural Kansas communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $243 million in 50 rural community facility projects including two in Kansas.

Osborne County will receive an $18,735,000 investment to build a new hospital.

The county's current hospital is aging and has structural, mechanical and other problems. The new hospital will have 16 inpatient beds, an outpatient clinic, laboratory and radiology departments, food service, physical therapy and administrative offices. Emergency services will also be located in the new hospital.

The Dorrance Rural Fire District #4 will receive a $265,000 investment to expand.

The fire department lacks adequate space to store all of the district's equipment in a safe and secure building. The addition will be large enough to house all of the district's fire trucks. A shower and restrooms will be added.

The USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The recently passed 2018 Omnibus bill increased the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the program to $2.8 billion, up $200 million from FY 2017.