2018 Farm Bill

Ag Lawmakers Call For Better Rural Broadband Coordination
Ag Lawmakers Call For Better Rural Broadband Coordination
Rural broadband deployment won’t succeed in closing the “digital divide” unless the agencies handling billions of dollars in funding coordinate better.  That’s the collective sentiment of House Ag members.  Ag Chair David Scott said “effective communication” is the key to 100% rural broadband deployment using the historic Infrastructure and Jobs Act funding.   “And this is why we established proce
Grid Security for Rural Electric
Grid Security for Rural Electric
The 2018 Farm Bill created a grid security division within the rural utilities service of USDA's Rural Development Mission Area. A memorandum of understanding between USDA and the Department of Energy was reached the following year. Rural Utilities Service administrator Chris McClean said some of the efforts to bolster security and provide available financing for rural electric service providers
USDA Working To Help Local Producers Find New Destinations
USDA Working To Help Local Producers Find New Destinations
New investments are designed to give local and regional food producers more opportunities to sell their goods locally, to hospitals, universities and government outlets. "This means that roughly $97 million will now be available for a variety of opportunities to create a strong local and regional food system," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack ...

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