USDA has launched a new Recovery Act Web site, usda.gov/recovery, designed to allow people to learn about, share and discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding in states and communities throughout the country.

The site includes a blog, podcasts, RSS feeds and a "Tell Your Story" feature that provides a forum for visitors to share where and how they are seeing Recovery Act projects at work.

Earlier this year, an innovative geospatial mapping web-function was launched that shows exactly where and how USDA is spending every dollar of Recovery Act funding across the nation. Earlier this week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) added their projects to this map. By launching this website, USDA says, it is working to be a government that is open and transparent, responsive and accountable to the American people, in addition to providing a platform for participation.

USDA is working to implement provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to put Americans back to work and rejuvenate the nation's struggling economy. The Recovery Act provided USDA with nearly $28 billion in funding, which in turn represents nearly $52 billion in program funding through a host of guaranteed loan programs. USDA is using this funding to ensure that farmers continue to contribute to local economies, to take steps to build and preserve critical infrastructure in communities across America, and to implement new resource conservation measures.