Focus on rural development in next farm bill

A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee wants to expand rural development opportunities in the next farm bill.

Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith says she’ll be looking for ways USDA can improve the way it meets the needs of rural communities.

“I’m talking about the deep need for reliable high-speed broadband, investing in communities and economic development. Improving access to healthcare and supporting critical access hospitals in rural areas.”

She also wants the 2023 Farm Bill to support workforce housing and access to childcare.

“And of course, the need that we continually have to figure out how to manage and have stable and even lower energy prices.”

Speaking at the Minnesota AgriGrowth Agriculture and Food Summit in Minneapolis Thursday, Smith says there’s a shortage of many of these basic needs and it restricts the capacity to grow in rural America.

  • Rural Americans needs better water and sewage,roads,trash collection (garbage and electronics),better education and the opportunities that go with it. But the money needed will not reach the real needs but only to be eaten up by the same organizations that use the funding just to perpetuate their own existence of nepotism and cronyism. But the hardest part of helping rural Americans is changing the mindset that has been around for generations.

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