Senate Passes Farm Bill with NADO Priorities Included; President Signs Into Law Today

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by NADO Admin

On February 4, the Senate passed the farm bill reauthorization conference report (H.R. 2642) by a vote of 68 to 32 (http://www NULL.senate NULL.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00021).  The bill reauthorizes U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (http://www NULL.usda programs through 2018 at $100 billion a year with cuts of $2.3 billion per year from current spending levels. Additionally, the final agreement cuts the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) by $8 billion over 10 years.  The Senate farm bill (S. 954) proposed $4.5 billion in cuts over 10 years; the House farm bill (H.R. 2642) proposed $40 billion in cuts over 10 years.  The bipartisan conference report contains several provisions in the Rural Development title championed by NADO. Today, the President will sign the bill into law. Click here (http://docs NULL.pdf) to view a final copy of the farm bill.

NADO, as part of the Campaign for Renewed Rural Development (http://renewedrural (CRRD), sent a letter supporting the farm bill reauthorization conference report to members of Congress.  Click here to view a copy of the letter.

Key NADO Provisions in Farm Bill Conference Report (Title VI Rural Development):

The Rural Development title will receive $228 million in mandatory funding over five-years including:

$150 million for Water and Waste Water Program

$63 million for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program

$15 million for the Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program (RMAP)

$150 million for pending rural development loan and grant applications/projects

The Rural Development title includes regional and economic development language championed by NADO that allows USDA to prioritize 10 percent of funds towards regional, multi-jurisdictional projects that incorporate existing economic and regional development plans.

The Rural Development title reauthorizes the following federal-state regional commissions:

Delta Regional Authority

Northern Border Regional Commission

Northern Great Plains Regional Authority

Southeast Crescent Regional Commission

The Rural Development title includes a provision allowing USDA to streamline and broaden Rural Development applications to reflect the scale of rural investments, emerging needs and opportunities of rural regions, and capacity of local organizations.

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