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Farm Bill Heads to Senate; Action Needed

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director

The full Senate is likely to take up the farm bill this week after members returned from their in-state work week. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 passed the Senate Agriculture Committee April 26.

Overall, the current version reflects county priorities, with one major exception: There is no mandatory funding for rural development programs.

The legislation authorizes a broad range of programs that are critical to counties. These programs assist counties in the development of rural water and wastewater infrastructure, community facilities, broadband expansion, conservation easements, research, nutrition assistance, renewable energy, local and regional food systems, support for new farmers and business development initiatives.

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