Rural Development Law and Legal Definition

According to 7 USCS § 2666 (Title 7, Agriculture; Chapter 59; Rural Fire Protection, Development, and Small Farm Research and Education; Rural Development and Small Farm Research and Education), the term "rural development" means “the planning, financing, and development of facilities and services in rural areas that contribute to making those areas desirable places in which to live and make private and business investments; the planning, development, and expansion of business and industry in rural areas to provide increased employment and income; the planning, development, conservation, and use of land, water, and other natural resources of rural areas to maintain or improve the quality of the environment for people and business in rural areas; and the building or improvement of institutional, organizational, and leadership capacities of rural citizens and leaders to define and resolve their own community problems.”