Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 95.djvu/1350
95 STAT. 1324
7 USC 2663.
PUBLIC LAW 97-98—DEC. 22, 1981
family; or that will help to increase the quality and availability of services and facilities needed by the small farm family. "(d) SMALL FARM EXTENSION PROGRAMS.—Small farm extension programs shall consist of extension programs to improve small farm operations, including management techniques, agricultural production techniques, farm machinery technology, marketing techniques and small mrm finance; to increase use by small farm families of existing services offered by the Department of Agriculture and other public and private agencies and organizations; to assist small farm families in establishing and operating cooperatives for the purpose of unproving then- family income from farming or other economic activities; to increase the quality and availability of services and facilities needed by small farm families; and to develop new enterprises that can use labor, skills, or natural resources available to the small farm familv. "(e) SPECIAL GRANTS PROGRAMS.—Special grants programs shall consist of extension and research programs to strengthen research and education on national and regionsQ issues in rural development, including the assessment of alternative policies and strategies for rural development and balanced growth; to develop alternative strategies for national and regional investment, and the creation of employment, in rural areas; to develop alternative energy policies to meet rural development needs; and to strengthen rural development programs of agencies of the Department of Agriculture and those in other Federal departments and agencies. "SEC. 503. APPROPRIATION AND ALLOCATION OF FUNDS.—(a) There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out the purposes of thus title. "(b) Such sums as are appropriated to carry out the provisions of sections 502(a) and 502(b) of mis title shall be distributed by the Secretary of Agriculture as follows: "(1) 4 per centum shall be retained by the Secretary for program administration and national coordination of State programs, and program assistance to the Stotes; "(2) 10 per centum shall be used to finance work serving two or more Stotes in which colleges or universities in two or more ' Stotes cooperate or that is conducted by one college or university to serve two or more Stotes: "(3) 20 per centum shall oe allocated equally among the Stotes; and "(4) 66 per centum shall be allocated to each Stote as follows: One-half m an amount that bears the same ratio to the total amount to be allotted as the rural population of the Stote bears to the total rural population of all the Stotes, as determined by the last preceding decennial census current at that time; and onehalf in an amount that bears the same ratio to the total amount to be allotted as the farm population of the Stote bears to the total farm population of all the States, as determined by the last preceding decennial census current at that time: Provided, That, beginning with the fiscal year ending September 30, 1982, no Stote may receive more than $75,000 until all Stotes have been allotted a minimum of $75,000. "(c) Such sums as are appropriated to carry out the provisions of section 502(e) of this title shall be distributed by the Secretary to colleges and universities, on a competitive or matching fund basis, according to the Secretary's determination of the projects and manner of funding that show the most promise of fulnlling the objectives of section 502(e) of this title.