The expected changes to USDA eligible areas tied to the population figures from the 2010 census had been delayed further, past the anticipated January 15th, 2014 date . Current eligible areas have been determined by the 2000 census numbers, and changes using the 2010 census were due to take place beginning October 1, 2013. But with the government shut down, and the subsequent appropriations act signed into law, current eligible areas were to be extended through January 15, 2014.
USDA has now announced the current maps will remain in effect until further notice, which could be days or months. While the new maps are not certain yet, USDA has a preliminary maps available here preliminary maps, for the anticipated new eligible areas.
This was the actual release from the USDA:
January 9, 2014
Status Update on Proposed Changes to Eligibility Areas Based on 2010 Census Data
As January 15, 2014 approaches, many are wondering whether Rural Development will be implementing the Future Eligibility maps based on the 2010 Census data. At present, the eligible areas remain unchanged and we continue in a “holding pattern” until either an appropriations bill or a continuing resolution is passed. Notification will be sent pertaining to changes to this status.
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