NADO Joins Coalition Partners Urging House Agriculture Leaders to Include Rural Development Funding in Farm Bill

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On June 13, as part of the Campaign for Renewed Rural Development (http://www NULL.ruralcampaign NULL.org/), NADO joined 10 other organizations to urge House Agriculture Committee leadership to support mandatory funding levels for Rural Development in the House version of the Farm Bill, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013 (H.R. 1947). Current Farm Bill law (P.L. 110-246), extended earlier this year, will expire on September 30. Click here to view the coalition letter.

The committee-passed legislation dramatically reduces critical investments in rural economic development. In the last 17 years, Congress has provided $413 million for mandatory funding in the Rural Development title of the Farm Bill. The House version includes only $50 million in mandatory funding and cuts authorization levels by $1.5 billion over five years, which if enacted would represent a 66 percent cut in mandatory funding and 50 percent cut in authorization levels.

Additionally, the letter urges House Members to correct this imbalance by supporting amendments on the House floor that would reinstate mandatory funding for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program and the Water/Wastewater Backlog, which are critical tools for infrastructure and economic development in rural and small communities across the country.

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