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Senate Ag Hears Update on Rural Development, Energy Implementations
USAgNet - 11/08/2019

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Thursday held a hearing titled, "Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs."

"A principal duty of this Committee is to ensure the Department has the authority and resources to provide our nation's agricultural producers with the necessary tools to feed a troubled and hungry world. But the responsibilities of the Committee and USDA do not stop there," said Chairman Roberts. "It is also critical this partnership supports rural businesses, electric cooperatives, telecom providers, schools, health clinics, renewable energy and bio-based product manufacturers, and other essential services providers that serve as the backbone of the rural communities our farmers and ranchers call home."

"Over the past two years, at our two field hearings in Kansas and Michigan, and at a hearing here in Washington, we had the opportunity to listen to witnesses representing both the Administration and rural communities as they discussed changes to the Farm Bill that would help support rural development.

"We listened, and we acted, by adopting many of these recommendations in the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill."

To watch the hearing and read testimony, go to

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